Flashlight“Despite the efforts ofSatan to thwart God’spurpose forIsrael, nevertheless even insome of the darkest hoursof their history, when itseemed as if the forces ofevil were about to gain thevictory, the Lord graciouslyrevealed Himself. Hespread before Israel thethings that were for the Heartbreak hotel Heartbreak hotelwelfare of the nation. . . . “I will heal theirTenderly had the Lord waywardnessdealt with andthem, instructing them by love themHis prophets line upon freely, for myline, precept upon anger hasprecept” (Prophets and turned awayKings, p. 296). from them.” (Hosea CORNERSTONECONNECTIONS email@example.com 14:4, NIV)
“When the Lord began to shekels of silver and about a homer and aspeak through Hosea, the Lord lethek of barley. Then I told her, ‘You are to livesaid to him, ‘Go, take to yourself with me many days; you must not be aan adulterous wife and children of prostitute or be intimate with any man, and Iunfaithfulness, because the land is will live with you.’ For the Israelites will liveguilty of the vilest adultery in many days without king or prince, withoutdeparting from the Lord.’ So he sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod ormarried Gomer daughter of idol. Afterward the Israelites will return andDiblaim, and she conceived and bore seek the Lord their God and David their king.him a son.” “She will chase after her They will come trembling to the Lord and to hislovers but not catch them; she will blessings in the last days.” “When Israel was alook for them but not find them. child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called myThen she will say, ‘I will go back to my son. But the more I called Israel, the furtherhusband as at first, for then I was they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baalsbetter off than now.’” “The Lord saidto me, ‘Go, show your love to your and they burned incense to images. It was Iwife again, though she is loved by who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them byanother and is an adulteress. Love the arms; but they did not realize it was I whoher as the Lord loves the healed them. I led them with cords of humanIsraelites, though they turn to other kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yokegods and love the sacred raisin from their neck and bent down to feed them. . .cakes.’ So I bought her for fifteen
“How can I give you What did God tell Hosea to do?________________up, Ephraim? How can I hand What do we know about Hosea’s wife?_____________you over, Israel? How can I treatyou like Admah? How can I How had Israel behaved toward God?______________make you like Zeboiim? Myheart is changed within me; all How did God deal with Israel when they forgot God and didmy compassion is aroused. I will their own thing?_________________not carry out my fierceanger, nor will I turn and What emotions do you think God felt when He sawdevastate Ephraim. For I am Israel?_______________________God, and not man— the Holy Circle all the words that show emotions or feelings.One among you. I will not come How would you feel if you were married to someone likein wrath.” “I will heal their Gomer?_____________________waywardness and love themfreely, for my anger has turned How do you think God feels about His relationship withaway from them.” you?____________________(Hosea 1:2, 3; 2:7; 3:1-5; 11:1-4, 8, 9; 14:4, NIV) What do you think God was trying to tell us through the marriage of Hosea and Gomer?_________________Prophets and Kings, chapters 23, What promise did you find in this story?______________24.
Write down what emotions you would feel if the following happened to you:• You find a $100 bill on the street. ____________________• You drop your cell phone in the toilet. _____________• You get a C on your exam. _________________________• Everyone laughs at your new outfit. ___________• You find a mouse in your backpack. ___________________• Your best friend moves away. _____________• Your parents forget your birthday. _________________________• It is the last day of school. ____________
did you know? osea had to buy his wife back with 15 shekels of silver, and 1½ homers of barley. In Hosea’s time, 1½ homers of barley was equal to about 430 pounds of barley and was worth 15 shekels of silver. That means he had to buy his wife for 30 pieces of silver—the price of a slave. That was also the price Judas received for Jesus. Hosea probably made only 10 shekels a year, so 30 shekels was a large price to pay. Imagine the prophet walking up to the slave master with 430 pounds of grain!
punch lines“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with aneverlastinglove; I have drawn you with loving-kindness’” (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV).“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morningmist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22, NIV).“„Come back to me, you unfaithful children, and I will forgiveyou for being unfaithful.’ ‘Yes, we will come to you, becauseyou are the Lord our God. It was foolish to worship idols onthe hills and on the mountains. Surely the salvation ofIsrael comes from the Lord our God’” (Jeremiah 3:22,23, NCV).“„In a surge of anger I hid my face from you fora moment, but with everlasting kindness I willhave compassion on you,’ says the Lord yourRedeemer” (Isaiah 54:8, NIV).“Now it‟s time to change your ways! Turn toface God so he can wipe away your sins,pour out showers of blessing to refreshyou” (Acts 3:19, Message).
other eyes “Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.”— Marcus Tillius Cicero, 1st-century Roman philosopher. “The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.”—Robert Louis Stevenson, 19th-century Scottish novelist.“God proved His love on the cross. When Christ hung, andbled, and died, it was God saying to the world, I love you.”—Billy Graham, retired U.S. evangelist.
makingitrealSabbathC omplete the What Do You Think? section ofthe lesson. You were asked to list someemotions you feel in everyday situations. Emotionscome to us naturally, without even thinkingabout them. What kind of positive emotions doyou feel? What kind of negative emotions do youfeel? What kind of emotions does God feel?Emotions are not bad. They give us a clue towhat is going on in our hearts. This week’s lessonis an emotional one. It takes a peek into theheart of God. Look up the following verses andwrite down the emotion God is displaying:Genesis 6:6_________________________Psalm 2:4 _________________________Exodus 32:9, 10_____________________Zephaniah 3:17______________________
SundayR ead the story of Hosea and Gomer in thisweek’s Into the Story section and respond to thestudy questions. This is a story of scandal andpain, and everybody had their share. Which of thecharacters in the story did you most identify with?Why? What emotions do you think God and Hoseahad in common?_______________Hosea and God both knew what it was like tolose someone they loved. When Gomer strayedfrom her husband she went so far that sheended up being sold into slavery. God sentHosea to buy her back. What emotions do youthink Gomer felt as she stood on the auctionblock and saw Hosea in the crowd bidding forher? How are you like Gomer?____________
MondayG od loved Israel to death. God was veryhurt about how Israel had broken His heartand left Him. He was angry, too. God cameup with a solution for this problem. Read thisweek’s Key Text and write down God’ssolution below:________________ TuesdayGod saw that Israel was sick—sin-sick andin need of healing. He promised to healthem and to love them freely. What do youthink that means? Did God loving Israel I n the Flashlight section, Ellen White reveals that God was not the only onefreely mean they could continue to do what after Israel’ love and affection. Satanthey wanted? What should Israel do in was very active trying to ruin theresponse to God’s love? What should we do relationship God had with His people.in light of the love God freely gives us? Read the Flashlight section and jot down_________________________________ the kinds of things you think Satan did to keep Israel away from God. What things does Satan do to try to ruin your relationship with God? Does it work? ___________________
WednesdayG od loves us to death. He works Thursdayhard at keeping a relationship with us.Even when Satan tries to distractus, God reveals Himself and speaks tous through His Word. Take some timeto read all the verses in the Punch O ne of the things good relationships are built on is time.Lines section. What do these verses Quantity time is quality time. God isreveal about God? If you had to pleading for you to give Him top prioritysummarize all the verses in five words in your life. One way to help with this isor less, what would you write? Which to make sure God has time with youverse stood out to you the most? every day. Commit to a time in the nextWhy? Jeremiah 3:22, 23, one of the 24 hours that you will spend alone withverses you read, is God’s invitation for God. Make it a date and do not letIsrael to come back to Him and His anybody pull you away from it. Time:promise to forgive them. It also includes a ___________ Place: __________response from Israel. Write out how you Things to remember in prayer: ______would respond to God’s invitation.
FridayT ake some time to reflect on howGod may be feeling about Hisrelationship with you. What are thethings in your life that bring Godpain? What are the things in yourlife that make God angry? What arethe things in your life that bring Godjoy? What are you willing to do inthe next week to bring God evenmore joy? Imagine that God wroteyou a letter about your relationshipwith Him. On a separate sheet ofpaper, write down what you think itwould say.
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