Pastor's Sunday School Class

I Have Also Spoken by the Prophets (Hosea 12: 1-14)

I HAVE ALSO SPOKEN BY THE PROPHETS

HOSEA 12:1-14

I. EPHRAIM AND JUDAH (vs. 1-5)

    a. The reference to wind in verse one is symbolic of futility. Eliphaz attempts to counsel Job with the same

    imagery (Job 15:2-3). Do we sometimes use the same kind of expression? ___________________________

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    b. If his vain and empty words and pursuits fail what other methods does Ephraim try to ensure his security? 

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    c. Who does God state is Judah is symbolically imitating? _________________________________________

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    d. For all his character flaws what good did Jacob apprehend? _____________________________________

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    e. What significance does Hosea see in the meeting at Bethel? _____________________________________

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II.  BUT I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD (vs. 6-10)

    a. With the reminder of God in verse 5 what does Hosea appeal to Israel to do in verse 6? ______________ 

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    b. By what means has Ephraim become rich and what is their attitude about it? _______________________

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    c. How do we see that God’s hand is even revealed in Ephraim returning to tents? _____________________

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    d. How has God communicated with Israel? ____________________________________________________

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III. HIS LORD WILL LEAVE THE GUILT (vs. 11-14)

    a. What will become of Israel’s idols? _________________________________________________________

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    b. Why is Jacob / Israel and his actions brought up in this context? _________________________________

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    c. What roles were performed by the prophet in verse 13? ________________________________________

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    d. Does verse 14 indicate that the guilt was left or returned and why does this matter? __________________

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IV. APPLICATION: Based on this passage is it better to continue to rebel or repent? _____________________

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