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What We’re Reading This Week...Gomer (pp. 73-84 in study guide)
Gomer: Learning to Accept Unconditional Love. We will learn how the relationship between Hosea and Gomer parallels our relationship with God.
Her Character: Though, a married woman, she carried on numerous love affairs, crediting her lovers for the gifts her husband had given her.
Key Scriptures: Hosea 1 – 3
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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Observe — Our theme this week is “God never stops loving us. He never stops pursuing us. He never stops wanting a relationship with us…This is good news.” What thoughts come to mind when you read this statement?
Bible — This week’s verse is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Read Jeremiah 29:11-13.
In your notebook or journal, complete the following:
This week’s verse is Jeremiah 29:11. One of the ways we can study a verse is by looking up cross-references of the verse. Click here to head to Biblehub.com and spend some time reading other verses related to this verse! The verses that are cross-referenced are in the right side-bar, below “context.” What are some verses you found?
In your journal or notebook, write down the other verses you find.
Stretch — Fill in the blank: This week I will take my relationship with God beyond Sunday morning by _______. #OBS #12Women!
Gomer’s Life and Times
Gomer’s husband Hosea appeared on the scene as the last of the prophets who spoke the “Word of the Lord” (Hosea 1:1) to the doomed northern kingdom. Before long, the Assyrians would conquer the capital of Samaria and take thousands of Israelites captive. When the book of Hosea begins with “the Word of the Lord,” it asserts Hosea’s authority as a prophet, that God has spoken to him and that he must relay the message to the people.
The Israelites in Palestine had the law God had given to Moses and the people at Sinai. This consisted of the Ten Commandments as well as the other rules for living in the books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy). However, those laws didn’t cover many of life’s situations and decisions. God instituted the office of the prophet for the many times when a specific revelation of God was needed for the people to know what they should do next.
We don’t always know how prophets received their messages from God. At times, visions and dreams gave the message. Ezekiel and Daniel both record visions that contained a definite message from God. Other times, as in Hosea, the prophets simply declared that their words were from the Lord. The emphasis of God’s prophets was never on the method of receiving His Word – whether mysterious or obvious – but on the message itself and on the people’s need to follow. God made it very clear that if the people would only listen and obediently follow the words of the prophets, He would give them all they need to face an unknown future.
Our Life and Times
Just as God has provided for His people in the Promised Land, He has provided for us. He may not miraculously real the path or supernaturally tell us His will, as He did with the Israelites, He has revealed Himself and His plans for us through the Bible, and His messengers today underscore and explain what Scripture tells us. We can be assured that God will go with us, just as He went with the Israelites, holding our hands as we face whatever our futures hold.
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