Hosea 11

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Hosea 11

Overview

God’s love for Israel.

Prophet Hosea gives a scolding message that Israel repeatedly refused God’s mercy as their ancestors did during exodus in the wilderness, forgetting the God who brought them out of the slavery in Egypt.

The main point in chapter 11 is everlasting compassion with which God will restore them regardless of their rebellion against God, as God led patiently exodus people for forty years in the wilderness to the promised land. 

Admah, Zeboiim were the cities destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19; Deuteronomy 29:23). The compassion of God is expressed in contrast between lion, dove, and birds.

God’s steadfast love and mercy, hesed, is the theme of prophetic message. The Lord’s compassion restraints his anger, for he will not come to destroy. (v.8).

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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