Background: The prophet Hosea is called by God to marry an unfaithful wife in order to show the northern kingdom of Israel that she too has been unfaithful to God and has pursued other so called gods. Despite her unfaithfulness, Hosea pursues his wife and brings her back just like God is reaching out to Israel.
As Hosea closes his book, God gives him a message of hope for His people if they will only return to Him.
Ask the children…
What is Hosea encouraging Israel to do?
“Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have brought you down. 2 Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord. Say to him, ‘Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises.‘” (Hosea 14:1, 2)
How does God promise to respond?
“The Lord says, ‘Then I will heal you of your faithlessness;my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever. 5 I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven.’” (Hosea 14:4, 5)
All Israel has to do after all their unfaithfulness is to turn back to God and acknowledge their sin and God is ready and willing take them back and to restore them.
Ask your children if their is anything getting in the way of their relationship with God? If so, remind them that God is ready to clean the slate and to bring them back to Him if they only ask. Take some time to get right with God and to enjoy His mercy, love, forgiveness and restoration.
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