Saturday, 14 September 2013

Hosea 11-14

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

11:8-9 "How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again."

God’s heart is for Ephraim & Israel. His compassion means he relents from devastating Ephraim. He disciplines but not totally destroyed.

Susan said...

12:3-4 In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel; as a man he struggled with God. He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there—

Jacob begged for God’s favour and became Israel. He knew God was the source of favour. Seek God, even if it’s a struggle because he is the source of favour.

Susan said...

13:6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.

The danger of prosperity is that we forget God. The dangers of being satisfied with where we are in the Christian life is that we forget God. Even though our satisfaction comes from God.

Susan said...

14:9 Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

The righteous walk in the ways of the Lord but the rebellious stumble in them. The rebellious don’t submit to God’s ways so they have unnecessary difficulties because they are moving against God’s design.