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Week 1 of Jennifer Rothschild's Hosea: Unchanging Love Changes Everything was a great introduction to the book of Hosea. I'd never read Hosea before and had hardly even known the name other than seeing it when flipping through my Bible.
After reading the book of Hosea earlier in the week, I was sooooo confused. At one moment, God was telling Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman in Gomer (Hosea 1:2), then He was suuuuuuper upset with His chosen people(Hosea 5:2). But throughout the story, God shows some serious love and compassion for them, even after all their lewd acts and blatant disrespect (Hosea 2:14-15).
Hosea, initially, is a hard pill to swallow. When I was reading through, it kind of hit me how much the people of Israel are just like us nowadays. We're out here roaming and wandering around life when the one thing that can forever hold our attention and settle us is right in front of us...but we continuously choose to look past it. We will literally find practically everything else in this world to comfort us, to believe in, to shield & protect us, to encourage us, etc.
Just during week 1 of this study, I'm beginning to see all my flaws + some more. We're all guilty of looking past God's grace and goodness, hoping something more tangible and earthly will satisfy. It's slightly understandable because we're mortal beings-- that is, we can not comprehend something as palatial, unwavering, unconditional and constant as God's love for us. Even in the first few chapters you see that God can't contain His love for His Chosen People. One moment, He is literally telling Hosea to name his daughter "No Mercy" because He will have no mercy on the house of Israel (Hosea 1:6). But come chapter 2 verses 14 & 15, God is talking about how He plans to return His peole back to Him! How wild is that!?
Without giving too much away from the study, Jennifer gave some great context into who exactly the book of Hosea is about. No, it's not about Hosea and his prostitute of a wife, Gomer. Nor is it about His chosen people who have lost their way. It's about God and his unfailing, unconditional love for us. It's kind of hard to see that fully when you're reading it, but it's in there.
I'm headed to small group today to press in deeper in The Lord's word and learn more about His unfailing love for me. Stop by next Friday for a week 2 recap!
Hello, I'm Margo.
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