Northwood Community Church
Sunday, January 9, 2022
A Merciful Marriage Hosea 1:1-2:1, Mitchell Cruit
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  • 2295 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
This text is tailored to teach us that God _______________ initiates a relationship with _______________ people although we didn’t and still don’t _______________ it.
Hosea 1:1-2:1 (ESV)
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1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. 2 When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” 3 So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4 And the Lord said to him, “Call his name Jezreel, for in just a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 And on that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.” 6 She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to him, “Call her name No Mercy, for I will no more have mercy on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all. 7 But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God. I will not save them by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or by horsemen.” 8 When she had weaned No Mercy, she conceived and bore a son. 9 And the Lord said, “Call his name Not My People, for you are not my people, and I am not your God.” 10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.” 11 And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint for themselves one head. And they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel. 2 Say to your brothers, “You are my people,” and to your sisters, “You have received mercy.”
I. We didn’t deserve a relationship with God because while we were an unfaithful people God took the _______________ to enter a _______________ relationship with us. (1:2-3)
Since our relationship with God is like a marriage, _______________ and _______________ is spiritual _______________.
II. We still don’t deserve a relationship with God because our _______________ spiritual unfaithfulness deserves _______________, _______________, and _______________. (1:4-9)
III. Although we didn’t and still don’t deserve it, we mercifully receive a reversal of the consequences we deserve as God ______________, ______________, and ______________ unfaithful people. (1:10-2:1)
Questions for Reflection
1. In what ways have you minimized the seriousness of your sin?
2. How does knowing that God initiated a relationship with you while you were unfaithful and continues to show you mercy when you are unfaithful encourage you?
3. Who do you need to share your burdens with or encourage with the good news that whoever is in Christ is God’s people and has received his mercy?
Next weeks passage: Hosea 2:2-23