June 26 – 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!

I Knew You in the Wilderness – Hosea 13:1-16

The Lord’s Anger Against Israel

When Ephraim spoke, people trembled;
    he was exalted in Israel.
    But he became guilty of Baal worship and died.
Now they sin more and more;
    they make idols for themselves from their silver,
cleverly fashioned images,
    all of them the work of craftsmen.
It is said of these people,
    “They offer human sacrifices!
    They kiss calf-idols!”
Therefore they will be like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears,
    like chaff swirling from a threshing floor,
    like smoke escaping through a window.
“But I have been the Lord your God
    ever since you came out of Egypt.
You shall acknowledge no God but me,
    no Savior except me.
I cared for you in the wilderness,
    in the land of burning heat.
When I fed them, they were satisfied;
    when they were satisfied, they became proud;
    then they forgot me.
So I will be like a lion to them,
    like a leopard I will lurk by the path.
Like a bear robbed of her cubs,
    I will attack them and rip them open;
like a lion I will devour them—
    a wild animal will tear them apart.
“You are destroyed, Israel,
    because you are against me, against your helper.
10 Where is your king, that he may save you?
    Where are your rulers in all your towns,
of whom you said,
    ‘Give me a king and princes’?
11 So in my anger I gave you a king,
    and in my wrath I took him away.
12 The guilt of Ephraim is stored up,
    his sins are kept on record.
13 Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him,
    but he is a child without wisdom;
when the time arrives,
    he doesn’t have the sense to come out of the womb.
14 “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;
    I will redeem them from death.
Where, O death, are your plagues?
    Where, O grave, is your destruction?
“I will have no compassion,
15     even though he thrives among his brothers.
An east wind from the Lord will come,
    blowing in from the desert;
his spring will fail
    and his well dry up.
His storehouse will be plundered
    of all its treasures.
16 The people of Samaria must bear their guilt,
    because they have rebelled against their God.
They will fall by the sword;
    their little ones will be dashed to the ground,
    their pregnant women ripped open.”[

Extra Reading: Acts 4:11-12, 1 Corinthians 15:54-56

SOAP Note

Our Help Comes From the Lord | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Hosea 13:9b-10

Observation

My bible notes say Hosea’s main hearers were those of the northern kingdom of Israel. After the reign of Jeroboam 2, the kingdom was in a state of great moral and spiritual decay. The Israelites had begun worshiping the Canaanite god of fertility, Baal. The Lord would use Hosea to call his people to repentance and back to Himself.

Application

I love my woman’s bible. At the end of each book there is a “Written on my heart” – Hosea… Perhaps you do not bow down to a hand-carved idol as the Israelites were doing, but you may find yourself serving and worshiping at the feet of self or the world from time to time. God’s faithful love does not falter even in the midst of your deplorable trysts away from Him. He still loves you and often brings discipline to your life through Sin’s consequences. Hosea reminds his readers that redemption is never too far away to receive. Some may feel their sins are too great or too many, but God’s grace is there to restore even the worst of sinners. Hosea points all to Christ’s love. While Hosea went to great lengths to restore his marriage to Gomer, the Lord went even further for you. He did not even spare His own Son, Jesus, but gave Him so that you and I might come into a right relationship with God himself.

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for showing me throughout the book of Hosea, to take a close look at what things I’m putting above you, the things I’m worshiping instead of you and for helping me to want to put You first each day. Amen.

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