Priceless Nuggets from Hosea! Gems from the Old Testament
Hosea is the first book in the “Minor Prophets” section of the Bible, coming immediately after the “Major Prophets” such as Isaiah and Daniel. The “Minor Prophet” books are just as important, but just shorter. They also contain key verses to help you understand God better. These Priceless Nuggets from Hosea grabbed my attention and will help you grow in the Lord.
Hosea 1:10-11 – The Jews will come back to Israel
Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, Which cannot be measured or numbered. . . You are sons of the living God. Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel SHALL be gathered together . . That happened in Israel in 1948. The Israelites are the only peoples in world history to return to a land lost.
Hosea 2:23 – Christians are prophesied 700 years before Christ was born!
. . And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, (Notice they must be different, since Israelites are already His people.) You are My people! And they shall say, “You are my God!”
Hosea 4:6 – Why God’s People Perish
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (of God and His ways).
Hosea 6:6 – Does God want Your Money? NO!
For I desire mercy and NOT SACRIFICE, and the knowledge of God MORE than burnt offerings.
Hosea 7:10a – God Hates Pride
And the pride of Israel testifies to His face, but they do not return to the Lord their God. There are dozens of examples where God’s people, the Israelites, turned their back on God. Similes and metaphors in Hosea are used as an indictment, describing those who turned their back on God and what He will not cause, BUT allow to happen to them.
Hosea 1:2b – God’s description of Israel’s unfaithfulness
. . . For the land has committed great harlotry (Prostitution) by departing from the Lord.
Hosea 2:13 – Worshiped Idols
I will punish her for the days of the Baals (false gods) to which she burned incense. She (Israel) decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, And went after her lovers (another god, sacrificing – killing her kids); But Me, she forgot, says the Lord.
Hosea 3:4 & 17b – Prophesy: Israel to be scattered
For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king, or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar . . . they did not obey Him; and THEY SHALL BE WANDERERS among the nations.
Hosea 4:1-3a – What did Israel do Wrong?
Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel; For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is NO TRUTH OR MERCY or knowledge of God in the land. By SWEARING and LYING, KILLING, and STEALING and committing ADULTERY, They break ALL restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land WILL morn; (This might apply to the U.S.A. as well!)
Hosea 4:9-11 & 18a – Liquor and Dishonor
And it shall be: like people, like priest. So I WILL PUNISH THEM for their ways, and reward them for their deeds. For they shall eat, but not have enough; They shall commit harlotry, but not increase; Because THEY HAVE CEASED OBEYING THE LORD. Harlotry, wine and new wine ENSLAVE THE HEART. . . Her rulers dearly love dishonor.
Hosea 5:6-7a – The Israelistes pulled away from God
With their flocks and herds They shall go to seek the Lord, But they WILL NOT FIND HIM; He has withdrawn Himself from them. They have dealt treacherously with the Lord!
Hosea 10:12 – Charles Finney’s Key Verse (Minister from the 2nd Great Awakening)
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow (hard) ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
2 Final Priceless Nuggets from Hosea
Hosea 12:6 – Pursue this Lifetime Habit
So you, by the help of your God, RETURN; Observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually.
Hosea 14:9 – God is Always Right. Save yourself from Trouble and Follow Him.
Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right; The righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.
To find more Nuggets in Isaiah click here
To find more Nuggets in I Chronicles click here
To find more Nuggets in II Chronicles click here
To find more Nuggets in Jeremiah click here
To find more Nuggets of Jesus in the Old Testament click here
To find more Nuggets in Numbers click here