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Hosea 12

Week 7, Saturday: Judgment, as promised

Israel may regard herself as prosperous and secure, but what God has spoken through the prophets will surely come to pass: Israel will be judged.

Read Hosea 12

Meditate on Hosea 12.7-10

1.  How many different ways is the deceit of Israel evident in verses 7 and 8?

2.  Meditate on 1 Corinthians 4.7. To how much in our lives does this apply? Are we deceiving ourselves and acting like Israel when we fail to acknowledge God’s provision? Explain.

3.  God sent His prophets to recall Israel before He would come to judge them. In many ways, the messages of the prophets were all like the message of Hosea. What does it say about sin, when a people can consistently fail to hear God’s Word?

4.  God does not change. He did not change while Israel was deceiving herself and turning her back on Him, and He has not changed today, when His people are often prone to neglect His Law and fail to hear His Word. Since He has not changed, how should we expect Him to act when we neglect Him, fail to give Him the thanks and praise which are His due, and “make covenants” with the surrounding world?

5.  Are preachers today called to do the work that prophets did in Hosea’s day? Explain.

God opposes the proud, but He shows grace to the humble (Jms. 4.6). Israel and Judah had to learn this lesson the hard way. Is there any other way to learn it?

Closing Prayer
I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
From the wicked who oppress me,
From my deadly enemies who surround me.
Psalm 17.6-9

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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