Read Hosea 1
Jeroboam II was king of the northern kingdom. The moral and spiritual level of the Israelites had become so low as to embrace sodomites (male temple prostitutes) . . . and . . . all the abominations (detestable practices) of the nations which the LORD cast out (of the promised land) (I Kings 14:24). Not one of the 19 kings of the northern kingdom of
The Lord spoke against His people through Hosea because (he said) there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out (with no restraint) (4:1-2). God revealed the consequences of
Through Hosea's love for his unfaithful, sinful wife (Hosea 3:1-5). Our Lord Jesus not only loved us while we were yet sinners, but He also died the death of shame for us on
2:3 (first) set = expose; (second) set = leave; 3:4 ephod = sleeveless priestly outer garment; teraphim = household idols; 4:16 slideth back = turns away, rebels; 5:7 portions = land, fields; 5:15 early = earnestly.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Willie Mae McLurlin and in honor of Linda Kennon · Staff: Karen Hawkins · Government Officials: Del. Donna Christian-Christensen (Virgin Islands), Rep. Marge Roukema (NJ), and Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX) · Country: North Korea (22 million) in northeastern Asia · Major language: Korean · Violent oppression against all religions · 68% atheist; 31% Buddhism, Confucianism, and other Korean religions; 1% Christian · Prayer Suggestion: Have faith that God always keeps His promises (Genesis 17:16 & 21:2-3).
Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 2:13