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

            to demonstrate

            God's unconditional love

            for his people 


God is the eternal lover 

            even when cheated upon



                                and forsaken 

            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

            then behave

                   intentionally and persistently

                   as though it already were

                   a reality

            doing those things

                   you would do

                   if love were alive.




Hosea 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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