Understanding Hosea

This is a long quote, but will help understand our readings in Hosea this month- Ray Stedman comments on the first 3 chapters of Hosea: So Hosea is rather discouraged and in the opening chapter of this little book of prophecy we read a personal note about him. He went to God and God told … More Understanding Hosea

An appeal to the will

Doug Goins, of Peninsula Bible Church, wraps up our reading of Hosea 14: Verse 9 is an epilogue that serves as a conclusion to the entire prophecy of Hosea. It also provides the final step of returning to the Lord and remaining in fellowship with him: surrendering our will to him. Whoever is wise, let … More An appeal to the will

Fictitious invocations?

They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; for grain and wine they gash themselves; they rebel against me.—Hosea 7:14 The Israelites prayed.  They even wailed.  But they were not sincere. Examine your own heart as you read John Calvin’s commentary on Hosea 7:14- Now the Prophet says … More Fictitious invocations?

Are you pressing on?

Is it your heart cry to KNOW God?  To press on to KNOW Him? In Hosea 4 we read, “Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the … More Are you pressing on?

The Main Thing

Doug Goins, of Peninsula Bible Church, wraps up our reading of Hosea 14: Verse 9 is an epilogue that serves as a conclusion to the entire prophecy of Hosea. It also provides the final step of returning to the Lord and remaining in fellowship with him: surrendering our will to him. Whoever is wise, let … More The Main Thing

A cord of compassion that slips around our wandering hearts

When we get in touch with that kind of frustration over people we want to love, care for, and encourage but who respond only with rejection or manipulation, then we are able to understand God’s anguish over the nation Israel. Hosea 11 and 12 are two of the most moving, tender chapters in the Bible. … More A cord of compassion that slips around our wandering hearts

Cry from the heart!

They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; for grain and wine they gash themselves; they rebel against me. John Calvin commentary on Hosea 7:14- Now the Prophet says here that the Israelites had not cried to God, which is yet the chief thing in repentance. But this … More Cry from the heart!

Redeeming Love

Ray Stedman comments on the first 3 chapters of Hosea: So Hosea is rather discouraged and in the opening chapter of this little book of prophecy we read a personal note about him. He went to God and God told him to do a strange thing. God said, “I want you to get married.” I … More Redeeming Love