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Read Hosea Chapter 3
1. What does God tell Hosea to do in Hosea 3:1?

2. What has Gomer done according to Hosea 3:1?

3. For what price did Hosea purchase Gomer back?

4. What did Hosea require of Gomer when he brought her back home?

5. What prophecy does Hosea speak over the sons of Israel in Hosea 3:4-5?

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Hosea is preeminently the prophet of love; but unlike some teachers today, he doesn’t minimize the holiness of God. We’re told that “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16), but we’re also reminded that “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (1:5). God’s love is a holy love, not a sentimental feeling that condones sin and pampers sinners.
Be Amazed: Restoring an Attitude of Wonder and Worship, Warren W. Wiersbe

Read Hosea Chapter 2
1. What does God tell Hosea to say to his brothers in Hosea 2:1? Why?

2. What does God tell Hosea to say to his sisters? Why?

3. How does God describe His relationship with His people in Hosea 2:2?

4. What judgment does God promise if Israel does not abandon her prostitution/adultery in Hosea 2:3?
5. What does God promise to her children in Hosea 2:4? Why?
6. What does God of Israel in Hosea 2:5?

7. What do you learn from the following verses?
Romans 12:2

James 4:4

1 John 2:15-17

8. What does God say He will do to Hosea in Hosea 2:6-13? Why?

9. What does God say He will do for Israel in Hosea 14-23? Copy each “I will statement” below.

10. Review God’s “I will” statements above. What does that tell you about the heart of God?

11. Copy 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 here. Meditate on that. How can you see that love on display in this chapter? In the history of Israel?

12. How will Israel respond to God at that time according to Hosea 2:15-16?

 

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Read Hosea Chapter 1
1. What does the name “Hosea” mean? Why is that significant?

2. What do you learn of Hosea in each of the following passages?
Hosea 1:1

Hosea 1:3

Matthew 2:15

Romans 9:25
3. What did the LORD tell Hosea to do according to Hosea 1:2? Why? Why might this have been hard for Hosea?

4. Who did Hosea marry?

5. What does God tell Hosea to name his son in Hosea 1:4? Why?

6. What does God promise Israel in Hosea 1:4-5?

7. What does the LORD tell Hosea to name his daughter in Hosea 1:6? What does the name mean? Why does God ask this of Hosea?

8. What does God promise to Judah (Southern Kingdom) in Hosea 1:7?

9. What does the tell Hosea to name the second son born to Gomer in Hosea 1:9? What does the name mean? Why does God want this name?

10. What prophecy does God speak through Hosea in Hosea 1:10-11?

11. What promises does God make to His people in the following verses?
Genesis 22:17

Exodus 6:7

Isaiah 35:4

Romans 9:20-28

12. What application can be made to your life from this first chapter of Hosea?

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Sometimes in the most unlikely places, you find a message from God that encourages you right where you are–almost as if He had written for this time even though it was spoken long before you were born. This is how studying through the minor prophets has been over the past year.

I pray that you will take the time to go through the Bible studies that I will be posting in the Minor Prophets in the upcoming days and weeks. I pray that you will hear from the Author and Finisher of your faith just how much He loves you. The clear message of the entire body of scripture is the faithfulness of God in the face of the faithlessness of mankind.

Background
1. Who is the author of the book of Hosea?

2. When was this book written?

3. Who was the original intended audience for this book? How do you know?

4. To which Kingdom did Hosea prophesy, Northern or Southern?

5. To which king(s) did Hosea minister during his career?

6. Look up the word prophet in the dictionary. Be sure to check both a secular as well as a Bible dictionary if you can. What are the synonyms you find?

7. What do you learn of the prophets from these verses?
□ Nehemiah 9:26, 30

□ Jeremiah 23:15-22

□ Lamentations 2:14

□ Ezekiel 13:1-16

□ I Corinthians 14:1

□ Ephesians 2:19-20

3. What did Jesus say of the prophets in the following verses?
□ Matthew 5:17

□ Matthew 7:15

□ Matthew 13:57

□ Matthew 24:11, 24

□ Luke 24:44

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Read Isaiah Chapter 14:12-17

  1. Who is being spoken of in Isaiah 14:12-17? How do you know?
  2. What names are given to him in Isaiah 14:12?
  3. What caused him to fall according to Isaiah 14:13-14?
  4. What is his future according to Isaiah 14:15?
  5. How will he be seen in the future according to Isaiah 14:16-17
  6. Summarize what you learn about the enemy from these verses. How does this help you in your understanding of spiritual warfare?

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Read Job Chapter 2

  1. Where does this scene take place?
  2. What does Satan say he was doing?
  3. What does God say about Job in Job2:3?
  4. What does Satan respond in Job 2:4-5?
  5. What does God allow Satan to do to Job?
  6. After reading these chapters in the Book of Job, what conclusions can you make about Spiritual warfare?
  7. What conclusions can you make about the Sovereignty of God?

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Read Luke 1:39-80
1. Who does Mary go to visit? What happens when she gets there?

2. What prophetic statement does Elizabeth make about the baby Mary is carrying?

3. Verses 46 to 55 of Luke 1 are often referred to as the Magnificat (also known as Song of Mary or Canticle of Mary) What strikes you in this section of scripture?

4. How does Zechariah come to speak again? What is the first thing he says?

5. What does Zechariah say in his prophecy about the Coming One (Messiah)?

6. Imagine that you were Mary, a young woman somewhere between the ages of 14 and 18 living in a small town with your parents. You are visited by an angel and told that you will have a child who sit on the throne of David, fulfilling all the prophecies of Messiah. What would you be thinking? Feeling? Consider the favor shown to Mary. The favor shown to you, a child of God, is much greater than even that shown to Mary. How does that impact you as you prepare for Christmas?

7. Read Luke 1:39-56. Verses 46-55 are known as The Magnificat, and they represent some of what Mary was feeling spoken out in praise to her God. Write out your pray of praise to God for all that He has done for you in and through Christmas.

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