Week Twenty-Three – Verse by Verse Devotional – The Minor Prophets: Hosea
Note: Beginning this week our verse-by-verse devotional series and associated Bible studies for the summer will be devoted to the Minor Prophets. This week’s prophet is Hosea.
Sunday, June 7
Hosea 3:1 the Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.
Prayer: God, thank you for loving the unlovable.
Thought for the day: Raisin cakes are a symbol of the cuisine of worldly values eaten at the idolatrous shrines. When was the last time you were eating at an idolatrous shrine?
Monday, June 8
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge I also reject you as my priests, because you have ignore the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
Prayer: Jesus, I want to know you more.
Thought for the day: Some nuclear scientists working on the Manhattan project strongly believed that the first nation to discover the formula for a nuclear weapon would be able to rule the world.
Tuesday, June 9
Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Prayer: O Jesus, until that sacred moment of your appearance let us press on to know you more.
Thought for the day: Some philosophers call the rising of the sun an inductive probability, and scripture call the return of the Lord a promise; meanwhile the sun just keeps rising on God’s schedule.
Wednesday, June 10
Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.
Prayer: Lord, we rejoice that you never lost your focus on mercy.
Thought for the day: Though they may be great, gifts of philanthropy may require no sacrifice whatsoever.
Thursday, June 11
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. (See Matthew 2:15)
Prayer: Jesus, Son of God, you came among us as Jesus of Nazareth.
Thought for the day: Although Egypt was a center of world culture in the first century, God sent Jesus to minister principally in Galilee, Samaria, Decapolis, and Judea.
Friday, June 12
Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where O grave, is your destruction?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you went into Hell to save the lost. Save your children today.
Thought for the day: Life is a finite, death is infinite; the promise of life-after-death is everlasting.
Saturday, June 13
Hosea 14:4-5 I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots.
Prayer: Lord, heal us, redeem us, and prepare us to be the people of God for eternity.
Thought for the day: Dew has great restorative power.