Christ in Hosea
Week 9, Sunday: God’s last word is of hope
Hosea is a book of hope, as are all the words of God in Scripture (Rom. 15.4). It points forward to a glorious time of redemption and restoration, when the judgment of God will be a thing of the past and all will be restored to His original intentions and contentions. Oh, what a day that will be!
Read Hosea 13 and 14
Meditate on the following passages from Hosea
1. Hosea 2.14-23: Hosea’s prophecy is “bookended” by hope. How would you describe the hope held out in these verses? In what does that hope culminate (v. 23)?
2. Hosea 13.14: What does this suggest about life here and now? In what ways did Jesus demonstrate that He had power over death?
3. Hosea 14.1-9: What does God promise to do for His people?
4. Hosea 14.1-9: What does God require of His people if they are to know His promised redemption?
5. Jesus is our redemption. Explain.
We are redeemed from our sins, and the judgment we deserve, by the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have redemption in Him. Redemption is not just knowing that we’re going to heaven when we die. Redemption is Jesus, life in Jesus, hope in Jesus, and power to live forevermore in Jesus. He is our redemption, and He accomplishes our redemption.
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD;
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.
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.