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Week 33 Day 1
The next two weeks
we will be reading
from the twelve "minor prophets"
The first one is Hosea
who was called by God
God's unconditional love
for his people
God is the eternal lover
even when cheated upon
God still pursues his beloved people.
God is a God of hope
and we are
a people of hope.
How do you restore love after love dies?
Not by looking at what is
but by focusing
on the picture of
what you would like
your relationship of love
to look like
and by believing that picture
can become reality
intentionally and persistently
as though it already were
doing those things
you would do
if love were alive.
AGAPEHosea lived the message of the unconditional love of God. Hosea 1, 2 & 3
1The word of the Lord that came to Hosea, in the days of
Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said:
"Go take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry.
For the land has committed harlotry by departing from the Lord."
3So he went and took Gomer, and she conceived and bore a son.
4The Lord said to him:
"Call his name Jezreel, for in a little while
I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu,
And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel."
6She conceived again and bore a daughter. God said:
"Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer have mercy
On the house of Israel, but I will utterly take them away.
8Again she conceived and bore a son. 9And God said:
"Call his name Lo-Ammi, for you are not My people,
And I will not be your God."
2"Bring charges against your mother, bring charges; for she
is not My wife, nor am I her Husband! Let her put away her
harlotries from her sight, and her adulteries from between her
breasts; 3 I strip her naked and expose her, as in the day she
was born, and make her like a wilderness, and set her like
a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
4"I will not have mercy on her children. 5For their mother
has played the harlot; she who conceived them has behaved
shamefully. She said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me
my bread and water, wool and linen, oil and drink.'
6"I will wall her in, so that she cannot find her paths. 7She
will chase her lovers, but not overtake them. Then she will say,
I will go and return to my first husband, for then it was better
for me than now.' 8For she did not know that I gave her grain,
new wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold."
1Then the Lord said to me, "Go again, love a woman who
is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love
of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods
and love the raisin cakes of the pagans." 2So I bought her for
myself for fifteen shekels of silver. 3And I said to her, "You
shall stay with me and not play the harlot, nor shall you have
a man--so, too, will I be toward you." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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