God uses the prophet Hosea to depict Israel’s unfaithfulness with a number of images from family and nature. Israel is like a promiscuous wife, an indifferent mother, an illegitimate child, an ungrateful son, a stubborn heifer, a silly dove, a luxuriant vine, and grapes in the wilderness. Yet, Israel’s unfaithfulness and obstinacy are not enough to exhaust God’s redeeming love that outstrips the human capacity to comprehend.
What was the sin that God was using Hosea to illustrate to the Israelites?
How does God deal with our unfaithfulness?
What sins keep you from being faithful to God? Take a moment to confess and ask God for forgiveness.
What is the purpose of God’s discipline in our lives? What does He want from us (v.6)?
What attributes of God are on display even when we are unfaithful to Him?
Instead of relying on God, who or what do you depend on more than God?
What should we do when we sin against God? What promise did God give us as a result of it?