Daily Encouragement

December 5 – Hosea, and why does God care about the poor?

December 5
Hosea 1:1-3:5
1 John 5:1-21
Psalm 124:1-8
Proverbs 29:5-8 

Hosea 1:1 – Hosea is a unique story. Rich Christiano has produced a great movie on the book of Hosea, Amazing Love:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agtN64fdNF8

Hosea 1:2 – WHOA! Did God really tell Hosea to take a prostitute as a wife? And Hosea did (Hosea 1:3)!

Hosea 1:7 – For context, Hosea is written shortly before the fall of the Northern Kingdom. We’ll read this idea again in Zechariah 4:6, and we’ve read this idea in Psalm 44:3.

Hosea 1:10 – God appeared to disown His people in Hosea 1:9, but now we read that God will regather His people and reclaim them (Hosea 1:11).

Hosea 2:6 – Ever find yourself running into a wall? Sometimes God closes a door to block us from what we want, to drive us back to our God. Sounds a bit like the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).

Hosea 2:16 – So we have a play on words here.

  • Ishi – My Man / Husband / Love
  • Baali – My Owner / Lord / Master

The LORD/Jehovah is saying that He supported his bride Israel, even while she sought other lovers (Hosea 2:8), now He will chasten her (Hosea 2:11), but then He will woo her (Hosea 2:14). He will change her heart from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26; Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10). Israel will not be under a circumcision of flesh, but a circumcision of heart.  Now the relationship is not fear (Baali) but Love (Ishi).

Notice the contrast – the LORD/Jehovah is saying I don’t want to hear Baalim (Lord) – because you’re serving Baal instead of me.  Baal is a cruel Baali (Lord) – Baal is using you for what the LORD/Jehovah  has given you. But the LORD/Jehovah will bring you back and will give you even more.

Hosea 2:23 – Lo-ruhamah (no mercy) and Lo-ammi (not mine) will become mercy and mine!

Hosea 3:2 – What a great picture of what Christ did for us – God redeemed us!

Hosea 3:5 – Another reference to “David their King” – Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel all prophesied that there would be a King David “in the latter days.”

1 John 5:1 – Do you need assurance of your salvation? This is the book for you!  What do you believe about Jesus? Was He born of the flesh (1 John 4:2-3)? Is He born of God? (1 John 5:1)? Do you love God’s people? (1 John 5:1)? Do you love God (1 John 5:2)? Do you keep His commands (1 John 5:3)? These are some of the symptoms – but we’ll get to the key verse in a bit:

1 John 5:13 – How can we know that we can have eternal life? Believing on the name of the son of God! In Hebrew, at five letter intervals, you can see the name of Jesus hidden in the phrase.

1 John 5:15 – Because we believe in Him we can have our prayer answered! 

Psalm 124:8 – Thank God that He is on our side!

Proverbs 29:7 – Why does God care so much about the poor? What is the difference between “middle class” and poor? Possession of money. Can we boast of the money we have? Only if it is truly ours – and we cannot say that – all we have is His. Perhaps it’s another extension of humility (James 4:6) – whether we are proud in our thoughts, or in our wallets, all we have is God’s.

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