Pastor's Sunday School Class

Israel Has Forgotten His Maker (Hosea 8:1-14)

ISRAEL HAS FORGOTTEN HIS MAKER

HOSEA 8:1-14

I. HE SHALL COME LIKE AN EAGLE (vs. 1-3)

    a. The trumpet ‘shophar’ was a ram’s horn blown to call the people to prepare. What were they to prepare for here? _____

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    b. Why would He come against the house of the Lord? _______________________________________________________

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    c. What similarity do you see between verse 2 and Matt. 7:20-21? ______________________________________________

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    d. Which is vitally important: that we know God…or that He knows us? __________________________________________

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    e. What declaration in verse 3 really seals Israel’s fate? _______________________________________________________

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II. ISRAEL IS SWALLOWED UP (vs. 4-10)

    a. Verses 4-6 show how corrupt Ephraim had become. What were their failures? __________________________________

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    b. Verses 7-8 demonstrate the futility of men’s actions apart from God. How does this passage parallel Proverbs 14:12? __

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    c. What are Israel’s actions likened to in verse 9? ___________________________________________________________

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    d. Will there be any hiding or escaping the Lord’s discipline? ___________________________________________________

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III. THEY SHALL RETURN TO EGYPT (vs. 11-14)

    a. The altars that Israel built became symbols of her own corruption. Why? _______________________________________

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    b. What sins of Hophni and Phinehas are repeated by Israel? __________________________________________________

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    c. The reference to “return to Egypt” is symbolic of what? _____________________________________________________

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    d. Will Judah escape the judgment on Israel? _______________________________________________________________

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IV. APPLICATION: What do people risk by saying they “know God” but living without Him knowing them? _______________

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