Israel burned with the heat of wickedness against God, but they were spiritually blind and too simple-minded to see their impending destruction. When they cried out, it was not to the One who could help.

Israel burned with the heat of wickedness against God, but they were spiritually blind and too simple-minded to see their impending destruction. When they cried out, it was not to the One who could help.

BibleGateway: Hosea 7:3-16 ESV Text: Hosea 7:3-16 Hosea 7:3–16 (Listen) 3   By their evil they make the king glad,    and the princes by their treachery.4   They are all adulterers;    they are like a heated oven  whose baker ceases to stir the fire,    from the kneading of the dough    until it is leavened.5   On the day of our king, the princes    became sick with the heat of wine;    he stretched out his hand with mockers.6   For with hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue;    all night their anger smolders;    in the morning it…

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“What am I going to do with you?” God said. He would heal sin-sick souls with His forgiveness, but for those who hardened their hearts, their wickedness would be revealed and judged.

“What am I going to do with you?” God said. He would heal sin-sick souls with His forgiveness, but for those who hardened their hearts, their wickedness would be revealed and judged.

BibleGateway: Hosea 6:1-7:2 ESV Text: Hosea 6:1-7:2 Hosea 6–7:2 (Listen) Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant 6:1   “Come, let us return to the LORD;    for he has torn us, that he may heal us;    he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.2   After two days he will revive us;    on the third day he will raise us up,    that we may live before him.3   Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD;    his going out is sure as the dawn;  he will come to…

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Israel and Judah would totter into both arrogance and unbelief, following after other gods. But the Lord would wait until their troubles drove them to seek Him and find hope in Him.

Israel and Judah would totter into both arrogance and unbelief, following after other gods. But the Lord would wait until their troubles drove them to seek Him and find hope in Him.

BibleGateway: Hosea 5:5-15 ESV Text: Hosea 5:5-15 Hosea 5:5–15 (Listen) 5   The pride of Israel testifies to his face;1    Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt;    Judah also shall stumble with them.6   With their flocks and herds they shall go    to seek the LORD,  but they will not find him;    he has withdrawn from them.7   They have dealt faithlessly with the LORD;    for they have borne alien children.    Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields. 8   Blow the horn in Gibeah,    the trumpet in Ramah.  Sound the alarm at…

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John’s vision revealed Jesus as living and glorious— with dazzling purity, a powerful word, and eyes that see all things.

John’s vision revealed Jesus as living and glorious— with dazzling purity, a powerful word, and eyes that see all things.

BibleGateway: Revelation 1:9-20 ESV Text: Revelation 1:9-20 Revelation 1:9–20 (Listen) Vision of the Son of Man 9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in…

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Jesus has set us free from our sins by His death! Now He lives and will come again with glory!

Jesus has set us free from our sins by His death! Now He lives and will come again with glory!

BibleGateway: Revelation 1:1-8 ESV Text: Revelation 1:1-8 Revelation 1:1–8 (Listen) Prologue 1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants1 the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are…

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The Lord did not want Israel’s waywardness to rub off on Judah. Watch yourselves carefully too that your sin does not lead others away from Christ.

The Lord did not want Israel’s waywardness to rub off on Judah. Watch yourselves carefully too that your sin does not lead others away from Christ.

BibleGateway: Hosea 4:12-5:4 ESV Text: Hosea 4:12-5:4 Hosea 4:12–5:4 (Listen) 12   My people inquire of a piece of wood,    and their walking staff gives them oracles.  For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray,    and they have left their God to play the whore.13   They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains    and burn offerings on the hills,  under oak, poplar, and terebinth,    because their shade is good.  Therefore your daughters play the whore,    and your brides commit adultery.14   I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore,    nor…

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The people were wicked and unbelieving, but the priests had played a role in leading them into it. Pray for your pastors that they would guide you faithfully.

The people were wicked and unbelieving, but the priests had played a role in leading them into it. Pray for your pastors that they would guide you faithfully.

BibleGateway: Hosea 4:1-11 ESV Text: Hosea 4:1-11 Hosea 4:1–11 (Listen) The Lord Accuses Israel 4:1   Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel,    for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.  There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,    and no knowledge of God in the land;2   there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;    they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.3   Therefore the land mourns,    and all who dwell in it languish,  and also the beasts of the field    and the birds…

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Again using Hosea’s life as an illustration, God shows how He will remain faithful even though His people Israel will depart from Him. He will give them opportunity to return to Him.

Again using Hosea’s life as an illustration, God shows how He will remain faithful even though His people Israel will depart from Him. He will give them opportunity to return to Him.

BibleGateway: Hosea 3:1-5 ESV Text: Hosea 3:1-5 Hosea 3 (Listen) Hosea Redeems His Wife 3:1 And the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech1 of barley. 3 And I said to her, “You must dwell…

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This brief letter from Paul to a friend teaches us to welcome and love our fellow believers and reminds us of the joy we have whenever we see them walking in the truth.

This brief letter from Paul to a friend teaches us to welcome and love our fellow believers and reminds us of the joy we have whenever we see them walking in the truth.

BibleGateway: 3 John 1:1-15 ESV Text: 3 John 1:1-15 3 John (Listen) Greeting 1:1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. 2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers1 came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my…

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Even though Israel was unfaithful to the Lord, He was always ready to love her, turn her from her sin, and take her as His own.

Even though Israel was unfaithful to the Lord, He was always ready to love her, turn her from her sin, and take her as His own.

BibleGateway: Hosea 2:14-23 ESV Text: Hosea 2:14-23 Hosea 2:14–23 (Listen) The Lord’s Mercy on Israel 14   “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,    and bring her into the wilderness,    and speak tenderly to her.15   And there I will give her her vineyards    and make the Valley of Achor1 a door of hope.  And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,    as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt. 16 “And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me…

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