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Let the People Say

What God expects of His people.

Hosea 14

Week 8, Sunday: A final word to all

Hosea’s last word is an “open” word to all who read the sermons he records in this book. The implication is that Hosea’s message has importance beyond Israel of his day to whoever is “prudent” and wants to follow in the Lord’s path.

Read Hosea 14

Meditate on Hosea 14.8, 9

1.  Hosea’s final word to Israel is again prescriptive (v. 8). Is it good for us to pray and practice saying things like this? Explain.

2.  How many different actions or disciplines are involved in verse 8? Explain each.

3.  Explain the relationship between understanding, wisdom, and prudence. Why must we long for each of these?

4.  If you could summarize the “ways of the Lord” as Hosea taught them, what would those be?

5.  How do transgressors “stumble” at the Lord’s ways? How do the wise “walk” in them? 

Hosea’s final words summarize what God expects of all those who would be identified as His people. How would you explain the place of Jesus in what Hosea writes in these verses?

Closing Prayer
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”
“I have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have sworn to My servant David:
‘Your seed I will establish forever,
And build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah
And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD;
Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.
For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
O LORD God of hosts,
Who is mighty like You, O LORD?

Psalm 89.1-8

T. M. Moore

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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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