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Hosea

Author – Hosea
Time – 755 – 710 B.C.

Summary – The book of Hosea describes the patient long–suffering of God towards the rebellious and unfaithful northern kingdom of Israel. However, it is made clear to the Israelites that punishment will engulf anyone who remains wilfully rebellious. A key theme is Hoseaís marriage to the unfaithful Gomer, which is symbolic of the relationship between God and Israel.

The prophetís married life – Chapter 1 v 1 to 3 v 5
Passage
Subject
1 v 2 to 9 His marriage to Gomer
1 v 10 to 11 A message of hope
2 v 1 to 13 Judgement on faithless Israel
2 v 14 to 23 The restoration of faithless Israel
3 v 1 to 5 Hoseaís redemption of his faithless wife

Israelís unfaithfulness and consequent judgement
– Chapter 4 v 1 to 13 v 16
Passage
Subject
4 v 1 to 3 The guilt of the people
4 v 4 to 8 The guilt of the priests
4 v 9 to 10 Punishment for all
4 v 11 to 19 Immoral cult practices
5 v 1 to 7 Judgement on kings and priests for leading the people astray
5 v 8 to 15 Disastrous foreign policies of Ephraim and Judah
6 v 1 to 6 Israelís plea and Godís rejoinder
6 v 7 to 7 v 7 The crimes of Israel
7 v 8 to 8 v 3 Israelís disastrous foreign policy
8 v 4 to 14 Israelís idolatry and wicked alliances
9 v 1 to 9 The exile of Israel foretold
9 v 10 to 14 Israelís ancient apostasy at Baal – peor
9 v 15 to 17 Israelís apostasy at Gilgal
10 v 1 to 8 Destruction of the Baal cult prophesied
10 v 9 to 10 The sin at Gibeah
10 v 11 to 15 The ruin of Israel
11 v 1 to 7 Godís love; Israelís ingratitude
11 v 8 to 11 Godís pity for his people
11 v 12 to 12 v 14 The sins of Jacob
13 v 1 to 3 The wicked bull–worship
13 v 4 to 11 The gracious God to bring destruction
13 v 12 to 16 Inescapable ruin

Israelís conversion and renewal – Chapter 14 v 1 to 9
Passage
Subject
14 v 1 to 3 The call to repentance
14 v 4 to 8 The promise of pardon
14 v 9 A parting admonition

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