Studies in Hosea – The Drama of God’s Love

What’s it all about?

In a world not so different from ours; a godless society with no regard for what is good; a world full of sin, corruption, greed, immorality, idol worship, God calls Hosea to marry an adulterous woman.
As we journey through the book we will see how the marriage of Hosea to this woman unfolds. The story is based on actual events that took place in the history of Israel in a time so far from our own. It is a different world in many regards but in many respects it’s also a similar world to ours. And because of this, it has great implications for us living in 2013 Johannesburg. So, eliminating the barriers of time and culture differences, we will plunge our noses into the book of Hosea and see what it has to say to us.
So, without giving away the whole message, it is worth noting that as we plunge into it we should learn two things. On the one hand we shall learn a great deal about the nature and character of God as it’s seen in how Hosea relates to his wife. And on the other hand we shall be taught the state of the human heart. And bringing those two things together i.e. the nature of God and the human heart, we will hopefully be challenged to evaluate our own lives and seek to appreciate God for who he is and how he relates to us.

So, for the next few weeks we’ll look at the different things that come out of this real-life drama of Hosea’s marriage as a drama of how God deals with us. It is a message of warning, rebuke, and hope mixed up in one melting pot. So, come dine with us as we feed from God’s word and as we dissect the different aspects of this ‘Drama of God’s love’.
David Kobedi

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