At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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July 3, 2016

Hosea 13 - 14

How do You want God to Treat You?

 

 

 

Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.  That is known as the “Golden Rule.”  Common sense tells us if we treat others with kindness they will likely treat us the same way in return.  The Bible even says if we want to have friends we must first be friendly to others (Prov. 18:24).

God lovingly chose Israel to be His people, delivered them from bondage, and blessed them with a fruitful land.  Throughout this study you have learned that Israel rejected God and disobeyed His commands, causing them to face God’s judgment.

People usually treat us the way we treat them.  What about God?  Does He operate the same way?  In this lesson you will see that God gave Israel a choice.  If they obeyed He would bless them, but if they didn’t He would judge them.  He let them choose how He would treat them.  How do you want God to treat you?

Hosea 13:1

At an earlier time Ephraim (Israel) trembled in fear (reverence) of God, so the Lord made them great.  What happened when they worshiped Baal?

 

Hosea 13:2

“And now they sin ________ and ________, and have made them molten __________ of their silver, and ________ according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the _____________.”  How did they feel toward their golden calves?

 

Hosea 13:3

What will happen to them because of their idolatry?

 

God used four images to picture their fleeting nature: morning clouds, dew, chaff, and smoke.  Each of these things is visible for a moment but then quickly vanishes.

Hosea 13:4

Were they supposed to worship other gods?

 

Is there any other Savior (John 14:6)?

 

Hosea 13:5

God went with them every step of the way through the wilderness and in times of drought.

 

Hosea 13:6

The Lord gave them abundant pastureland.  What happened when their bellies became full?

 

The same is true today; when people have plenty they have little concern for the things of God.  That’s America’s problem today.

Hosea 13:7

Because they forgot God, how would He treat them?

 

Hosea 13:8

What did He promise to do to them?

 

Israel sinned and worshiped false gods.  They exalted themselves and forgot God.  Because of this He promised to fight against them and destroy them.  They chose this path by their behavior.

Even though they chose to come under God’s judgment, He still has a plan for Israel based upon the promises He made to Abraham, Moses, and David.  Look at the following words.

Hosea 13:14

“I will __________ them from the power of the ________; I will _________ them from ________.”

 

If Israel’s sin brought about God’s judgment, how could they again be objects of His blessing?

Hosea 14:1

What should they do?

 

Hosea 14:2

What should they say to the Lord?

 

 

Hosea 14:3

Should they trust their strength or their false gods?

 

They will realize that “in thee the fatherless findeth _________.”

 

Hosea 14:4

What two things did God promise to do?

 

 

Why?

 

Hosea 14:5-6

What will God do for Israel?

 

 

God promised to be like the dew to Israel, watering it and making it fruitful.  Lebanon was a particularly fertile area known for its mighty cedar trees.  They have massive roots and branches and a wonderful smell.  God promised to bless Israel’s land abundantly.

Concluding Thoughts: Israel chose to disobey, and by doing so chose to face God’s judgment.  The Lord repeatedly urged them to repent.  If they returned to Him, confessed their sin, and placed their faith in Him, God promised to heal their backsliding, love them freely, and bless them abundantly (see also 2 Chron. 7:14).

Israel had a choice to make and they made the wrong choice.  The rest is history – they were driven away into foreign captivity and lost the bountiful land God had given them.

We have a similar choice every day that we live.  We can choose to forget God and “do our own thing,” or we can choose to honor and obey Him.  When we forget God we will face judgment, but when we obey we can experience blessings.  We can actually choose how we want God to treat us (Deut. 11:26-28).

The choice is yours – will you obey God and be blessed or will you disobey Him and come under His judgment?  Choose wisely, because it will determine how God treats you.

 

 

Project: Memorize Hosea 14:4.  Choose to obey God every day.

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