Monday, February 24, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 54 Friday

Hosea 5:1-6:11

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.  6:6-7

Does God issue any commands?

  • God demanded that the priests and the house of Israel listen to Him as He spoke.
  • God demanded that the cornet be blown in Gibeah, the trumpet blown in Ramah, and a herald cry aloud in Bethaven to get the attention of Benjamin.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised a curse upon the priests and the family of the king because they had ensnared the people by leading them into idolatry. 
  • God promised a curse upon Ephraim and all of Israel first. He said Judah would also fall after them.
  • God promised to judge Judah also for removing all boundaries set by the LORD.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • God predicted that the people would cry unto Him in their affliction stating that after 2 days He would revive them and after three days He would raise them up so that they would live in His sight. (5:15-6:2) It is reminiscent of a resurrection, specifically that of Jesus who remained 3 days and 3 nights dead to God because of sin, although not His own, but ours!
  • Jesus is the lion of the house of Judah that judged Ephraim. (5:14)

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • God prepares a harvest for those He returns from captivity. Even now, God has prepared things that no eye has seen, no ear has heard about, or that any of us can understand and every part of it is for those who have returned from the captivity of sin and have become God's people. God always abundantly prepares for those He rescues from captivity!

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