From Hosea 1
God’s grace is big enough to forgive you no matter how unfaithful you have been.
Questions for group discussion or personal reflection:
1. How did your parents come up with your name? What is the meaning behind it? If you have kids, where did their names come from?
2. Read 1:2-3, what would be going through your head if God gave you a calling like Hosea’s?
3. The names God tells Hosea to give Gomer’s children indicate that there is distance between God and his people, what are some indications that God might be distant from you at a given time?
4. Read 2:5,2:8, and 2:13, what is wrong with Israel’s theology of blessing? How can it spiral and lead to distancing ourselves from God?
5. It’s become cliché to say, “count your blessings”, but we still might need to hear it. What are some ways you have done this in your life? Do you feel like it helps your connection to God?
6. God’s actions to get us back can be seen as pretty harsh. Why do we see these actions as harsh? How can we see them as an act of love?
7. How does a relationship with God look different when we shift from a master-servant model to a husband-wife model? Why would God prefer the second?
8. Read chapter 3, what can we learn about the nature of God’s love for us by looking at Hosea’s love for Gomer?
9. What stood out to you most about this passage?