Lesson No. 433
Book of Hosea, Chapter 3 & 4
"Redemption at a Price"

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Hosea is reconciled to his wife

1 Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. 2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: 3 and I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee. 4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: 5 afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.


God charges Israel with sins

1 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. 3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. 4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. 5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. 8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. 9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. 10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord. 11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. 12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God. 13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery. 14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall. 15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, The Lord liveth. 16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the Lord will feed them as a lamb in a large place. 17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone. 18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye. 19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

Lesson No. 433 “Redemption at a Price”

Book of Hosea Chapters 3 and 4


Chapter 3

1) God speaks in verse 1and summarizes the adulterous and unrepentant spirit of the people of Israel. What is God's spirit toward his people despite their loving 'another' or false, pagan gods?

2) So, what does God have in store for our home boy Hosea in verse 2? What did it cost Hosea to purchase his wife as a female slave?

3) Verse 3 outlines the program after redemption- no more bad behavior, abstinence for 'many days', and despite all of this bad behavior (worthy of divorce or stoning), Hosea was to 'love' her!

4) Like Gomer, Israel is to return after exile, be without privilege of royal family, Levitical sacrifice, idol worship, priesthood, and household idol worship. Why?

5) Then God tells Israel what Israel (and Gomer) will do- what is it? (Hint: verse 5)

Chapter 3

6) God speaks about the 'sins of the people' that got them in this fix. What are they? (v 1-3) How many commandments did they break?

7) In verses 4-6 who does God blame for all this? Certainly everyone must choose right from God, spirit from flesh, but...who takes the hit? Interesting that God says it's all because of a lack of 'knowledge'. How can they know, Paul says if someone doesn't ....what?

8) People were 'paying for sin' to the priests by offerings, the people kept on sinning, and the priests kept raking in the offerings. The temple got rich because of sin-payment (verse 9) but no one changed their ways...or repented. It just kept getting worse and the pleasure of sin is never satisfied- verses 10 and 11. How true is verse 11!

9) Despite the idol worship lead by men, followed by women and children (verses 12-14) we see a plea for Judah the northern kingdom to repent! (verse 15-19) God, despite all this, is merciful.

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