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MRCC Church Online || 6-13-21 || "Hosea” || Greg Daulton

“The Magnificent Seven” 2.0 – Hosea

(Hosea 1-3; 2:14-16; 3:1-3; Matt 22:38-40; Lk 7:36-50; 1 Jn 3:16; et al)

God wants me to know how He feels, so I will know His love and receive grace.

“In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’ - you will no longer call me ‘my master’.” (Hos 2:16)  

Jesus was asked, Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law? (Matt 22:36)  

Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:37-40) 

When the Lord God began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she bore him a son.” (Hos 1:2-3)  

“Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods … So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver … Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you.” (Hos 3:1-3, sel)

Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master’.” (Hos 2:14-16)

“In the place where it was said to them ‘you are not my people’ they will be called “sons of the living God”. (Hos 1:10)

“How can I give you up? … How can I hand you over?” (Hos 11:8) 

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more I called Israel, the further they went 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 … I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.” (Hos 11:1-4, sel)

 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” (1 John 3:16)

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisees house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town [a Gomer] learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.” (Luke 7:36-38)

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is – that she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39)

 “Simon, I have something to tell you … Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:41-42)

 “Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:47)

TMS 2.0 - "Hosea”

(Hosea 1-3; 2:14-16; 3:1-3; Matt 22:38-40; Lk 7:36-50; 1 Jn 3:16; et al)

1. Mark Twain said, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. But when I got to be 21 I was astonished by how much he had learned in seven years.” Q: What did he mean? Has anyone changed in this way for you over the years? Who? Why?  

2. see Hos 2:16 … Q: What’s the difference between knowing God as your master and knowing him as your ‘husband’? Why does it matter? How does it happen?

3. see Hos 1:2-3 - Q: Why do you think God asked Hosea to do this? What did He wat Hosea to understand? What did He want him to feel? Why?

4. see Hos 3:1-3 – Q: How would you have felt in Hosea’s shoes? Would you be willing to obey? Why, or why not? What do you think Hosea learned through this?

5. see Hos 11:1-8 … Q: What is God feeling for Israel? How do you feel about Him, knowing that He is feeling this? How does this passage change the way you think about God?

6. see Matt 22:36-40 … Q: How do you hear this differently, in light of what Hosea reveals about God’s heart?   

7. see Lk 7:36-50, esp.v.47 … Q: What changes us from people who call God “master” to people who love him like a “husband”?

8. GOING DEEP … Q: Have you allowed God to give you grace for your deepest sins and failures?

9. COOL DOWN … Thank Jesus in prayer for going to the cross for you.