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The Prophets – the book of Hosea (pt 2)

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NLT) 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

He said that all Scripture is of great benefit to (a) teach us, (b) rebuke us, (c) correct us, and (d) train us in righteousness. Paul added that these Scriptures completely equip the person of God “for every good work.”

I want us to consider three aspects of Hosea’s spoken word to Israel so that we can profit through teaching, reproof, correction, or training in righteousness.

Consider Israel’s sin; Israel’s judgement; Israel’s restoration.

Hosea has been called the “death-bed prophet of Israel” because he was the last to prophesy before the PPT northern kingdom fell to Assyria (about 722 b.c.).

1:1 in days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in days of Jeroboam II (one of Israel’s worst kings).

His covers about 25years of his preaching and followed a golden age in the northern kingdom, with a peace and prosperity not seen since the days of Solomon…