07/10 – When you get booted out (Hosea 3:1–5)
Objective: To discover God’s relentless love and commit to living in a right relationship with our heavenly Father.
1. DO OVER (HOSEA 3:1). Hosea was unique because he was tuned in to God. Notice that this verse begins with “then” indicating that Hosea already had heard from God in the past. God’s instruction to Hosea is to “start all over” (3:1 MSG). Gomer had moved out and was living with her latest boyfriend. She had become a slave to a lifestyle that was dishonoring to Hosea and to God. Yet God didn’t order Hosea to discard her; he orders Hosea to get her back.
2. DO BETTER (HOSEA 3:2–3). God would not allow his people to continue in their spiritual rebellion against him. He symbolically bought them back. Gomer’s isolation from her family is symbolic of Israel’s isolation in the Babylonian Exile. Though they would become the property of the Babylonians, the nation eventually would be returned to their homes. Though the people had strayed from God, they eventually would be in a right relation- ship with him once again.
3. DO ENDURE (HOSEA 3:4–5). Things were going to get worse before they got better. The Israelites would spend seventy years in Babylonian captivity before they were allowed to return home. Upon returning home, they would discover the things weren’t the way they dreamed they would be. Many of the structures were in ruins and the land was inhabited by other people groups.
This is where we see that God’s love does not override his justice. The people had sinned and set in motion a series of events that would not be stopped. These events were the direct conse- quences of their rebellion. God’s love was there, but he could not reward bad behavior.
The same is true in our lives—we make bad decisions and rebel against God. God loves us, will forgive us, but will not intervene in the consequences we invite into our lives.
a. Hosea was told to marry a woman (Gomer) who would be unfaithful to him. Later on Gomer left Hosea and was taken into slavery and Hosea was forced topay a huge price to reclaim her. What does this true story symbolize? What we can learn about the love of God
b. In what ways do you see evidence of god’s love in your daily life?
c. God’s love for his people-you and me- is not based on his emotion, it is based on his decision. God loved the world in this way: He gave his Son as payment for our sins. In what ways is God’s love similar to or different from our love? If this is the way in which God loves us, what should be our response to him