This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our series, “God in the Ruins: The Message of the Minor Prophets,” by looking at the second part of Hosea, chapters 4-14. The challenge of preaching a message on eleven chapters is that you really have to choose which way to go and what to focus on.
Based on the message I delivered the previous week with my wife, Kelly, I focused in on themes of hesed in Hosea. Hesed is a difficult word, appearing five times in Hosea, and is a major theme throughout the Hebrew Bible. Notoriously difficult to translate with precision, hesed has a range of meaning including steadfast love, covenant faithfulness, and mercy based on the context.
You can watch my message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series on the minor prophets here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities to connect.
“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)
God’s Faithful Love for His People (Hosea 2:19-20)
“I will betroth you to me forever;
I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
in love [hesed] and compassion.” (Hosea 2:19)
God’s Case Against His People (Hosea 4:1ff.)
“Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land:
‘There is no faithfulness, no love [hesed],
no acknowledgment of God in the land.’” (Hosea 4:1)
God’s Desire for His People (Hosea 6:4, 6)
“What can I do with you, Ephraim?
What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love [hesed] is like the morning mist…
For I desire mercy [hesed], not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:4,6)
God’s Encouragement to His People (Hosea 10:12)
“Sow righteousness for yourselves,
reap the fruit of unfailing love [hesed],
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord.” (Hosea 10:12)
God’s Calling for His People (Hosea 12:6)
“But you must return to your God;
maintain love [hesed] and justice,
and wait for your God always.” (Hosea 12:6)