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Hosea

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This is a presentation on the Book of Hosea in the Bible.

Prason shared this presentation in a Bible study for a group of scripture thirsty souls

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Hosea

  1. 1. Year- 2010 Hosea
  2. 2. Hosea – A Synopsis <ul><li>The author of this presentation is 28 years old. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosea is the 28 th book in the Old Testament </li></ul><ul><li>Hosea is the first book in the list of Minor prophetic books in the Bible. There are 12 minor prophet books in the Old Testament </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hosea – The Introduction <ul><li>The book of Hosea is a narrative of a Tragic Love story. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosea means “Salvation of the Lord” </li></ul><ul><li>Hosea was a prophet in the 8 th Century BC. </li></ul><ul><li>He is regarded as the greatest prophet of his time. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Hosea- The Background <ul><li>King Jeroboam II- “The most powerful King of Israel” was the 14 th King of Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>He fought against the Syrians and restored the boundaries of Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>But He did not lead the Israelites in a spiritual way. He was bad in the eyes of God. </li></ul><ul><li>After his reign, the people of Israel went in their own ways falling for the sins of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>God uses Hosea to prophecy to the Israelites and tell them what HE feels about them. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hosea – The Shocking Call <ul><li>God asks Hosea to marry a Harlot “Gomer”. Gomer means completion </li></ul><ul><li>He has three kids through his wife. </li></ul><ul><li>His wife, cheats him and goes around sleeping with the men of the city </li></ul><ul><li>Note: The call of Hosea was a shocker of a call. But still Hosea, obeyed God’s call. We see implicit obedience from Hosea </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hosea- Gomer <ul><li>God’s love, judgment, Grace and Mercy are woven into their relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosea and Gomer had 3 children </li></ul><ul><li>Jezreel (God Scatters) </li></ul><ul><li>Lo-Ruhamah (Not Loved) </li></ul><ul><li>Lo-Ammi (Not My People) </li></ul><ul><li>Gomer had allowed allowed herself to be taken by other lovers, just as Israel moved away from God. </li></ul><ul><li>Because of Gomer’s affairs Hosea questioned if he really was the father of the last two. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Hosea- The book Foundation <ul><li>1 st Chapter - Hosea marries Gomer and has 3 children </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Chapter – Gomer leaves Hosea for other men </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd Chapter – Hosea reconciles with His wife </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hosea – The Book formation <ul><li>The first 3 chapters is the foundation of the book </li></ul><ul><li>Sins of Israel – 4,6,7,12 </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment – 5,8,9,10,12,13 </li></ul><ul><li>God’s Hope – 11 (Agape Love) </li></ul><ul><li>Repentance brings blessings - 14 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hosea – The Tragic Love <ul><li>When Gomer leaves Hosea and sleeps around with other men of the city </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hosea would be prophesying in the morning to the people of Israel and in the evening he searches for Gomer in the brothels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>He was ridiculed because he was attempting to guide the nation with his prophecies but couldn’t even control his wife </li></ul>
  10. 10. Hosea – God’s Love <ul><li>When men started ridiculing Hosea because of his wife by asking him the question, “ How can a holy man like you, love an adulterous woman like Gomer?” </li></ul><ul><li>Hosea answered them by saying, “ I love my wife, the same way God loves an adulterous nation like us” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Hosea – In brief <ul><li>Gomer, like Israel, was looking for love in all the wrong places. </li></ul><ul><li>Gomer had the love of her husband and Israel the love of her God. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel had begun to worship the pagan god Baal, which is the common word meaning husband. </li></ul><ul><li>Just as Hosea was Gomer’s husband, God was Israel’s husband. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Hosea – Why Israel? <ul><li>We might ask the question,” Why did God choose Israel and why did he have such a compassion towards the nation of Israel?” </li></ul><ul><li>Why not Greece?- with great philosophers like Aristotle and Plato. </li></ul><ul><li>Why not Rome?- the majestic city of the Caesars. </li></ul><ul><li>Why not Babylon? –The city of scientists. </li></ul><ul><li>God chose a tiny nation Israel , because it was mocked by Greece, Rebuked by Rome and enslaved by Babylon. God cares for the meek and Humble </li></ul>
  13. 13. Hosea- God’s Love <ul><li>God takes his love to the undeserving little nation of Israel and calls them, “You are the apple of my eye” </li></ul><ul><li>The book of Hosea stresses on one thing- The one word that defines Christian faith is the word Forgiveness. </li></ul><ul><li>God gives us a chance to start again, start afresh. We might have sinned big time. But God is a forgiving God and he cleanses our sins when we ask for forgiveness in complete submission </li></ul>
  14. 14. Mother Teresa’s example <ul><li>Mother Teresa once went to a baker and requested him to provide some food for the children in her orphanage. He frowned at her and spat on her left hand. She took a handkerchief, wiped the saliva and put it inside her pocket. She then extended her right hand and said &quot; That is for me! Now Can you give me some food for the children&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>How could mother Teresa do that? </li></ul><ul><li>Because she was exhibiting God’s love through her actions. It was God’s Grace which was upon her, that made her exhibit such wonderful love </li></ul><ul><li>How do we react when someone snubs us? </li></ul>
  15. 15. What Love is this? <ul><li>It is God’s love. </li></ul><ul><li>No other Love can be defined unless we understand what God’s love is </li></ul>
  16. 16. About the author <ul><li>The author[ Prason] comes from a very small town in the southern most part of India. </li></ul><ul><li>He had a good education and he was brought up in Christian faith. But he went with the ways of the world in his late teens and fell for all the vices. </li></ul><ul><li>Still God chose him; broke him and molded him and has made him to be a steward for his sheep. </li></ul><ul><li>Now the Lord is imparting him with his wisdom and is training him to be an Apostle with a Prophetic Calling . </li></ul><ul><li>Praise God! for his Yoke is easy and his burden is light   </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to share anything regarding this presentation, please write to the author [Prason] at [email_address] </li></ul>

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