Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
These chapters talk about how despite the many gifts and love that God provides to Israel and to Ephraim, they still tend to turn from God and to the world for their joy and happiness by setting up idols and kings without God’s blessings for the rulers they choose. This is despite God’s warnings of the destruction that would bring to the people and His willingness to still love and forgive them if they were to come back to Him.
What is one key verse?
Hosea 7: 13 “Woe to them, for they have wandered from Me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled and trespassed against Me! Though I would redeem them, yet they have spoken lies against Me”.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
Reading through these chapters has made me want to look more into myself and see if I’m putting anything into my life that God has not blessed for me, just as the Israelites would anoint kings without God’s blessing and removed kings that God did bless.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will try to look into what I want in my life and pray that if there is anything I’m doing at all without God’s blessing that I will turn towards God and try to listen to Him more for what He wants for my life, instead of what I want. This way I’m still keeping God first and foremost in my life, instead of raising anything else up higher than it should be.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Hosea 7:13 really shows me Jesus the most in these chapters, because it describes that despite whatever we do in our life and how far we stray from God, He still desires this relationship with us and wants us to be redeemed. He wanted this so much for us that He sent Jesus here to Earth so that we may have the chance to be redeemed and live forever with God in the Kingdom of Heaven.