June 24 – Hosea

For the summer months, we are reading the minor prophets, starting with Hosea. Our 3-week Hosea reading plan reveals the character of God and comes from the She Reads Truth blog.  Click HERE to go to the website for the reading plan and a devotion to go with each reading. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

The Lord’s Love for Israel – Hosea 11:1-12

God’s Love for Israel

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
    the more they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals
    and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
    it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
    a little child to the cheek,
    and I bent down to feed them.
“Will they not return to Egypt
    and will not Assyria rule over them
    because they refuse to repent?
A sword will flash in their cities;
    it will devour their false prophets
    and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn from me.
    Even though they call me God Most High,
    I will by no means exalt them.
“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.
For I am God, and not a man—
    the Holy One among you.
    I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the Lord;
    he will roar like a lion.
When he roars,
    his children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come from Egypt,
    trembling like sparrows,
    from Assyria, fluttering like doves.
I will settle them in their homes,”
    declares the Lord.

Israel’s Sin

12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
    Israel with deceit.
And Judah is unruly against God,
    even against the faithful Holy One.

Extra Reading: John 6:32-40, Matthew 23:37

SOAP Note

God’s Love for Me | Becky Newman

Scripture

Hosea 11:4

Observation

Not only is God like a husband to us, as the analogy plays out in the beginning of Hosea, He is also a good Father to us, as the analogy develops here in Hosea 11. God wants us to know Him, who He is, what He likes, what He doesn’t like, and what He offers and gives. He knows we will understand this best if He explains it through our human experiences and relationships. His yoke as He leads us is light, not like a leash pulling a dog in one direction or another but with cords and ties that are described as kind and loving. We have the choice to turn away and go our own way at any time, as a cord or tie only holds if we choose to let it. He is gentle and good.

Application

The title of Hosea 11 in my Bible is “God’s Love for Israel”. He doesn’t only love Israel like this, but He loves me like this too. I know because I’ve experienced His gentle, kind, and loving leading and bending down to feed me, all of which ends up in His protection and provision and transformation. You are my Good Father.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for Your compassion, love, gentleness, and provision. May I follow where You lead today and every day.

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