Sketched Day 10 Hosea: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!

Dig In!

The Passage

Fridays are 2-for-1! Check out the other Journey Post, Hosea!

Hosea 2:16-20 English Standard Version (ESV)

16 “And in that day, declares the Lord, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’ 17 For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. 18 And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety. 19 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. 20 I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.

The Questions

1) What is the context of this passage?

2) What is significant about God being called “My Husband” instead of “My Baal”

3) What would this passage have meant to an ordinary Israelite living in Hosea’s day?

The Findings for Intention

1) The book of Hosea is a living allegory. God told Hosea to take a prostitute as a wife to symbolize His covenant with a wayward Israel. Today’s passage comes after Hosea’s wife has borne him children, yet left him to return to her lovers. This passage is reestablishing God’s covenant with Israel.

2) “Baal” means “my lord” or “my master.” It is a term of fear and apprehension, and also the general name used for the many false gods from the nations surrounding Israel. The one true God should not be lumped in with other gods, and therefore He should not be called by the same name.  “My husband” carries the true meaning of Israel’s relationship with God—one where they are joined to Him in covenant, where He is their faithful, loving protector.

3) Hosea’s audience would have known and been taught about the covenant God made with their forefather, Abraham. They would have known that they were God’s chosen people, and that God’s desire and expectation for them was for them to be faithful and follow His commands. They would have known that they had been unfaithful to God, turning to other gods and their own selfish desires. To a guilty Israelite, this prophecy would be both a message to convict them of their sin, and a promise full of hope. God would not be unfaithful to them, as they were to God! He promises protection, peace, love and mercy, even to an undeserving people.

The Everyday Application

1) Put yourself in Hosea’s shoes. Your wife, whom you love, has left you for other lovers, despite your love and care for her. Imagine the hurt you would feel. Now reflect on the allegory—God loves you, and you have been unfaithful to Him. What great pain we cause Him when we disobey! But what great love for us He has, to pursue us even when we go astray.

2) The Israelites had forgotten God’s true identity, they had replaced Him with lesser gods. This idolatry is not something we are immune to. What false gods have I been worshipping lately? Have I replaced my loving “husband” with the god of materialism, of people-pleasing, of selfishness, etc? God is calling you back! Return to Him.

3) Praise God that our salvation does not depend on our works! Praise God that He is faithful, even when we go astray.

Don’t miss today’s other Journey Study, Return To Me Beloved
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I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into Sketched Week Two!
Don’t miss out on the discussion – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
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