Category Archives: Love hurts (Hosea)

Love hurts: the decision

Hosea 14 The way back is always open – even for those as persistently rebellious and unfaithful as Israel. What must we do if we find ourselves far away from the God we once knew? We must acknowledge our sins … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Finding hope

Hosea 13:9-16 Israel was doomed – not because God wanted to destroy her, but because she refused to let Him save her. The monarchy – in which such high hopes had been invested – could not take the place of … Continue reading

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Love hurts: False religion

Hosea 13:1-8 Although to all outward appearance, Israel was still a great nation, inwardly she was already dead. Her ‘terminal illness’ had begun right at the very beginning of her independence, when Jeroboam I set up his two golden calves … Continue reading

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Love hurts: the prosperity trap

Hosea 12:7-14 The Israelites regarded their wealth as a sign of God’s approval, when actually it had been acquired through oppression and exploitation (verse 7). Thus they convinced themselves that all was well, when the very opposite was the case. … Continue reading

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Love hurts: like father, like son

Hosea 11:12-12:6 The kingdom of Israel claimed Yahweh as their God – but that claim was in fact without foundation. (And Judah were no better: they were already dabbling in idolatry, ‘testing the boundaries’ in their relationship with God.) They … Continue reading

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Love hurts: a window into God’s heart

Hosea 11:5-11 Ironically, Israel’s insistence on spiritual independence would mean the loss of their political independence. Their determined and persistent rejection of God cut them off from any possibility of His intervention. He would ignore their pleas, just as they had ignored His. … Continue reading

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Love hurts: the son of God

Hosea 11:1-4 “Out of Egypt I called my son…” (verse 1) This statement is both historical (Exodus 4:22) and prophetic (Matthew 2:14,15). Israel had been set apart from the world in order to be the conduit of the world’s ultimate … Continue reading

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