Hosea: The Passion of God

Hosea: The Passion of God

by Tim Chester

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781913680
Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Series: Focus on the Bible
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tim Chester is a pastor with Grace Church, Boroughbridge, a tutor with the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy and the author of over 30 books.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Historical Context 10

Audience 13

Text 16

Structure 18

1 No knowledge (4:1-6:3) 20

2 No love (6:4-11:11) 20

3 No faithfulness (11:12-14:9) 20

Key Themes 21

Spiritual adultery 21

Children of God 24

Prosperity leads to self-reliance 26

Living in the story 27

Turning 29

Divine sovereignty and judgment 30

The Use of Hosea in the New Testament 30

Commentaries 31

Chapter 1 God Promises A People (1:1-2:1) 33

A wife of whoredom (1:2) 36

A child called Bloodshed (1:3-5) 36

A child called Unloved (1:6-7) 39

A child called Not My People (1:8-9) 40

The story continues (1:10-2:1) 42

1 A restoration of the people 42

2 A renewal of the covenant 42

3 A reconciliation of the divisions 43

4 A reinstatement of the king 43

5 A return to the land 43

6 A recognition of God 44

Who are you in the story? 47

Study Questions 49

Chapter 2 God Displays His Jealousy (2:2-13) 51

Israel pursues her lovers (2:2-5) 51

1 Israel forgets her past blessings (2:3-4) 53

2 Israel mistakes her present blessings (2:5, 8) 57

God pursues His bride by withdrawing His blessings (2:6-13) 60

Study Questions 64

Chapter 3 God Reclaims His Bride (2:14-3:5) 67

A renewed love (2:14-15) 68

A renewed marriage (2:16-20) 72

A renewed home (2:18, 21-23) 74

In that day 75

Love an adulteress (3:1) 75

Bought with a price (3:2-3) 79

I am Gomer 80

Return (3:4-5) 81

Study Questions 82

Chapter 4 God Presents His Case (Hosea 4:1-5:7) 83

A broken marriage (4:1) 83

1 No faithfulness 84

2 No love 84

3 No knowledge 84

A broken family (4:2) 84

A broken home (4:3) 85

Failing clergy (4:4-9) 87

Failing worship (4:10-19) 92

The verdict (5:1-7) 95

Study Questions 98

Chapter 5 God Heals His People (5:8-6:3) 101

I will tear (5:8-15) 101

I will heal (6:1-3) 106

The personal challenge 109

The community challenge 110

Study Questions 112

Chapter 6 God Exposes Our Sin (6:4-7:16) 115

Like a morning mist (6:4-6) 115

Like an overheated oven (6:7-7:7) 119

Like a half-baked loaf (7:8) 123

Like a deluded old man (7:9-10) 124

Like a senseless bird (7:11-13) 125

Like a self-preoccupied prayer (7:14) 125

Like a faulty bow (7:15-16) 126

Study Questions 127

Chapter 7 God Unmasks Our Delusions (8:1-14) 129

1 People think they know God, but they do not (8:2-3) 129

2 People think they rule under God, but they do not (8:4) 131

3 People think they worship God, but they do not (8:4-6) 131

4 People think human help can save, but it does not (8:7-10) 133

5 People think religion saves, but it does not (8:11-14) 136

Study Questions 140

Chapter 8 God Reverses Our Story (9:1-17) 143

The exodus reversed 145

The exodus renewed 152

Study Questions 156

Chapter 9 God Predicts a Harvest (10:1-15) 157

A nation with no fruit (10:1-2) 160

Apolitical system with no integrity (10:3-4) 161

A religious system with no future (10:5-8) 162

A history doomed to be repeated (10:9-10) 165

Israel the calf (10:11) 167

Israel the sower (10:12) 168

Israel the reaper (10:13-15) 170

Sow to the Spirit - Galatians 6:7-9 171

Abide in the vine - John 15:1-8 173

Study Questions 176

Chapter 10 God Recoils in Mercy (11:1-11) 179

1 The Father's tender heart (11:1-4) 179

2 The Father's broken heart (11:5-7) 182

3 The Father's merciful heart (11:8-9) 185

4 The Father's missional heart (11:10-11) 188

Study Questions 189

Chapter 11 God Revisits Our History (11:12-13:16) 191

1 The lesson of Jacob: We are who we are by God's grace (11:12-12:6) 191

2 The lesson of Moses: We have what we have by God's grace (12:7-13:8) 196

3 The lesson of King Saul: We will be what we will be by God's grace (13:9-16) 200

Conclusion 203

Study Questions 204

Chapter 12 God Welcomes Us Home (14:1-9) 205

Our liturgy of turning (14:1-3) 206

1 Ask God for forgiveness (14:2) 207

2 Renounce false security (14:3) 208

3 Express your faith in God's fatherly love 209

God's song of turning (14:4-8) 210

1 We will flourish (14:5-6) 211

2 Other people will flourish through us (14:7) 211

3 God will make us flourish like nothing else can (14:8) 212

Let them understand (14:9) 213

Study Questions 215

Subject Index 217

Scripture Index 223

What People are Saying About This

Robin Weekes ~ Minister

This is an excellent commentary on an under-preached part of God's word. It is exegetically faithful so that there is a clear sense of what this would have meant to Hosea and his contemporaries. Moreover, it treats Hosea as Christian Scripture, and each part of the commentary takes us clearly to the Lord Jesus. This book has deepened my love for the One who first loved me, and I think it is a valuable addition to the existing commentaries on Hosea.

Jeremy McQuoid ~ Teaching Pastor

This fresh, readable, insightful commentary will lead you to worship a God who is jealous for our affections, and loves us too much to leave us sitting comfortably in apathy! Christians cannot fail to profit from this sound and exciting read.

From the Publisher

In his commentary Tim Chester has left few scholarly stones unturned yet we are not invited to behave as academic spectators on the text ...difficult issues are not avoided and the prophet's ministry is unerringly allowed to lead us to Christ ...The prayer that accompanies this commentary is that it might stir our passion for God and his ways and to that we add our 'amen'. ~ Ken Armstrong (Pastor, Bessacarr Evangelical Church, Doncaster, England)

This is an excellent commentary on an under-preached part of God's word. It is exegetically faithful so that there is a clear sense of what this would have meant to Hosea and his contemporaries. Moreover, it treats Hosea as Christian Scripture, and each part of the commentary takes us clearly to the Lord Jesus. This book has deepened my love for the One who first loved me, and I think it is a valuable addition to the existing commentaries on Hosea. ~ Robin Weekes (Minister, Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, London)

This fresh, readable, insightful commentary will lead you to worship a God who is jealous for our affections, and loves us too much to leave us sitting comfortably in apathy! Christians cannot fail to profit from this sound and exciting read. ~ Jeremy McQuoid (Teaching Pastor, Deeside Christian Fellowship, Aberdeen, Scotland)

Ken Armstrong ~ Pastor

In his commentary Tim Chester has left few scholarly stones unturned yet we are not invited to behave as academic spectators on the text ...difficult issues are not avoided and the prophet's ministry is unerringly allowed to lead us to Christ ...The prayer that accompanies this commentary is that it might stir our passion for God and his ways and to that we add our 'amen'.

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