Faithful Love Study Journal
Faithful love. Covenant promise. Everlasting commitment.
Not only do these words describe the relationship of God to His people, but they describe the relationship of Hosea to his wife, Gomer. When God’s people turned away from Him, He could have turned His back on them. God could have left them to their sin, let them fall to their enemies, and let the entire nation be destroyed.
Instead, He sent His faithful love.
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God poured out His faithful love, His hesed, on Israel. And even more than that, He provided them with a tangible, in the flesh example of His faithfulness. Hosea’s relationship with Gomer mirrors God’s relationship with Israel. God used Hosea to display His own covenant promise, everlasting commitment, and faithful love to His people.
He does the same for us.
Hosea reminds us that God is a covenant keeping God. His faithful love pursues His people, His promises remain steadfast, and His commitment remains sure. This story offers encouragement and hope, showing how God’s faithful love pursues us.
May our love for God deepen as we seek to understand His faithful love.
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them. – Hosea 14:9 I want to be a wise woman. And I know that the only way of...read more
Take with you words and return to the Lord; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips. – Hosea 14:2 After all the judgment we´ve seen in the book of Hosea, Peter´s verse reminds us that our God is patient...read more
Therefore thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will plead your cause and take vengeance for you. I will dry up her sea and make her fountain dry. - Jeremiah 51:36 Hosea and Jeremiah tell us today that the invasion of the Assyrians would be like a hot, dry wind from the...read more
I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes. – Hosea 13:14 Sadly, there was no king, no queen or ruler capable of saving Israel from their...read more
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. – Psalm 1:6 The people of Israel were in a downward spiral due to the sin in their lives. Their hearts had become hardened and their sins no longer grieved them. There was no...read more
Ephraim has given bitter provocation; so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds. – Hosea 12:14 Today, we continue with the comparison between Jacob and the people of Israel. Hosea reminds them of the time when Jacob went...read more
I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; I will again make you dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed feast. – Hosea 12:9 Though Israel enjoyed financial prosperity and fine homes, God’s judgment would bring them into exile and into a life in humble...read more
The Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord is his memorial name: “So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”. – Hosea 12:5-6 Today´s verses remind us of some parts of the story of Jacob. Hosea compares him to...read more
How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender. I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy...read more
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. – Hosea 10:12 I love today´s verses! We´ve seen in our previous weeks in Hosea that the people of...read more
“The Lord is in the right, for I have rebelled against his word; but hear, all you peoples, and see my suffering; my young women and my young men have gone into captivity. - Lamentations 1:18 Like any loving father, God wanted to bless His children out of His...read more
My God will reject them because they have not listened to him; they shall be wanderers among the nations. – Hosea 9:17 In today´s verses, God reviews the history of His relationship with the Jews. You don’t find grapes in the desert, but if you did, it would thrill...read more
They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah: he will remember their iniquity; he will punish their sins. – Hosea 9:9 Have you ever seen those selfies taken seconds before a disaster? Like when there´s someone on a boat taking a selfie and, behind...read more
What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory – Romans...read more
Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath. – Psalm 78:38 Israel saw their problem, but not their sin. When God’s hand is against man, he easily sees he has a problem...read more
Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love. – Psalm 106:44-45 Verse 11 of today’s reading compares Ephraim (Israel) with a dove, silly...read more
The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. – Psalm 9:16 The problem among the people and leaders of Israel was they forgot that the LORD saw and remembered their sin. And we can find ourselves doing...read more
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. – Hosea 6:6 I remember a time in my life when I felt completely lost. Nothing seemed to work. I went from one problem to another, struggling with everything and everybody....read more
“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. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the...read more
I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me. – Hosea 5:15 When God saw the sinful state of the nation of Israel, He knew it was because its leaders did not lead in a godly way. It would...read more
God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. - Psalm 47:8 In today’s verses, Hosea gives Judah a warning. At this time, God’s people were divided into two nations – Israel to the north, and Judah to the south. Israel’s abandonment of their beliefs was far...read more
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. - Hosea 4:12 I think Hosea’s time was very similar to what we experience today: A lack of...read more
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.”- Hosea 3:1 Poor Hosea received another command from the Lord:...read more
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. 21 You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. - Psalm 71:20-21 Hope. I read today´s Scripture, and my heart fills with hope....read more
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life...read more
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.”- Hosea 1:10 In Genesis 22:17...read more
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. - Hosea 1:7 Hosea and Gomer´s second child was a daughter named Lo-ruhamah (Hosea 1:6–7), which...read more