• Hosea, the Son of Beeri Devotional

    Hosea 1:1–3

    The imagery of God as the husband of His covenant people—His bride—is pervasive in Scripture (Isa. 62:5; Rev. 19:6–10). It is a picture of great intimacy and tenderness, conveying the deep love that the Lord has for His people. We are called to return that love to Him, to know Him and enjoy a oneness in heart and mind with Him that mirrors what occurs in godly marriages. Are you pursuing the Lord so that you may achieve this kind of relationship with Him? View Resource

  • The Lord’s Wayward Wife Devotional

    Hosea 1

    In likening idolatry to adultery, the Lord actually gives us a powerful motivation to remain faithful to His covenant. We would never want to go through the pain that would be inflicted upon us if our spouses were to betray us, so how can we even think of grieving our Creator by choosing another deity for a husband? We are doing unto God as we want Him to do unto us when we are faithful to Him alone. View Resource

  • Unfaithful Children Devotional

    Hosea 1:4–11

    One commentator has pointed out that Hosea likely endured much grief because of the names of his children. Every time an Israelite spoke to No Mercy and Not My People, he would have been reminded of the prophet’s words against the nation. That certainly did not win him any popularity contests. Similarly, we can experience trouble when we are faithful to the Lord. But let us not allow the prospect of suffering to keep us from following God’s Word. View Resource

  • Hosea Redeems His Wife Devotional

    Hosea 2:14–3:5

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “All who are sincerely devoted to God are betrothed to him; God will love them, protect them, and provide for them. The covenant itself shall be inviolable: God will not break it on his part, and you shall not on yours; and the blessings of it shall be everlasting.” The Lord’s promise of a new exodus meant that there was still a remnant whom God loved. Even when things seem their darkest, God always has His people. View Resource

  • Seeking Help in All the Wrong Places Devotional

    Hosea 5

    Even though we are justified by faith alone as individuals and redeemed based on our personal relationship to God, we cannot forget that the Lord also deals with the church as a corporate body. Entire denominations feel the effects of divine judgment for false teaching, not just individual congregations. We must guard against false teaching to safeguard ourselves and those around us from enduring the ramifications of judgment on false teachers. View Resource

  • Raised by the LORD Devotional

    Hosea 6:1–3

    Some commentators believe there is an allusion to Hosea 6:2 in passages such as Mark 8:31 and Acts 10:40, but it seems unlikely that the prophet had a specific time frame for the resurrection in mind when he wrote. Still, this passage must ultimately look forward to the Messiah’s resurrection given the promise of a restoration in the last days under David’s greatest son. Ultimately, our bodies will be resurrected, and we will experience all of God’s blessings in a new heaven and earth (Rev. 20–21). View Resource

  • Adam and Israel Devotional

    Hosea 6

    God was exceedingly gracious when He did not utterly destroy Israel or Adam when they sinned but preserved them so that His original purpose for them might one day be fulfilled. Today God is gracious to us when He freely forgives us of all our sin and continues to favor us even though we do not obey Him perfectly (1 John 1:8–10). Let us therefore never take advantage of this grace, always treating others in a similar manner by overlooking their minor faults. View Resource

  • Adam and Israel Devotional

    Hosea 6:6–7

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “God desires to be worshipped otherwise than sensual men [people who serve the flesh, not the Spirit] dream; they only display their rites, and neglect the spiritual worship of God, which stands in faith and love.” It is easy for us to criticize the false worship of other religions but much harder for us to recognize where our praise has degenerated into mere formalism. Let us regularly examine our worship to make sure it is in spirit and truth. View Resource

  • Reaping the Whirlwind Devotional

    Hosea 8

    Scripture teaches in several places that God will give people the desires of their hearts. For the Christian, this is a blessing, for as we delight ourselves in the Lord, our desires will more and more line up with God’s will. But for those in bondage to sin, receiving the desires of the heart leads only to more enslavement and, ultimately, destruction (Rom. 1:18–32). We must guard our hearts so that when their desires are granted, we enjoy what is good, noble, and beautiful. View Resource

  • Israel, the Son of God Devotional

    Hosea 11:1–7

    New Testament fulfillment language does not always mean a prophet directly saw an aspect of Jesus’ ministry. When the Apostles say Christ fulfilled a prophecy, they sometimes mean that He is the true realization of a particular old covenant theme or institution. Looking for such things when we read the Old Testament helps us better understand Christ’s work. These themes and institutions include such things as exodus, exile, restoration, prophet, priest, king, temple, and Israel. View Resource

  • Jesus The True Israel Devotional

    Hosea 11:1

    Ultimately, the Israel of God is not an ethnic designation but a spiritual one. God’s covenant people includes all those who put their faith in the true fulfillment of Israel, Jesus our Lord. Together, Jews and Gentiles united to Christ have a common and exalted end. Let us rejoice in our status as the Israel of God and work to break down needless divisions in the body of Christ. God’s people are one Israel in the Savior. View Resource

  • God Calls His Son Devotional

    Hosea 11

    Our culture’s leaders tell us that we need salvation from poverty, corruption, terrorism, and a host of other societal ills. However, while we do not want to downplay the severity of these ills and the desirability of rescue from them, the real things we need salvation from are the powers of sin and death. Let us be clear about the gravity of sin and our need for rescue from eternal death as we preach the gospel to ourselves and others. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Tender Compassion Devotional

    Hosea 11:8–12

    We must be profoundly grateful for the grace of God, for it means He does not give up on those whom He loves even though we do much every day that should prompt Him to abandon us. This is a great comfort indeed, and it should motivate us to love and obey Him all the more out of thankfulness for His great grace. As we meditate on the Lord’s grace and love, let us be inspired to show love in return, for He is a good God indeed. View Resource

  • The Sting of Death Devotional

    Hosea 13:14

    God’s judgment is not an end in itself. Instead, when He brings death and destruction, the goal is life for His people. In the condemnation of the wicked, the Lord is glorified for His justice and righteousness, and that leads to greater life for His people because true life comes from knowing God in all His fullness. God kills and He makes alive (Deut. 32:39), and we see this particularly clearly in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. View Resource