A new month, new week, and…new Bible study! As we enter into this month of April, which holds the blessed remembrance of the greatest sacrifice ever given, the hope of spring and new life, and more sunshine, we’re going to start a new Bible study.
It’s been a little over four weeks since our conclusion of the book of Ruth, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the two mini-series we recently journeyed through. However, it’s time to get back into a specific book and dig deep into what God has for us.
For those who may not have seen it, I asked for suggestions on what book of the Bible to study next, and the two responses I got were Psalms and Isaiah. While these are two great books well worth studying, they also feel a bit daunting…don’t you think?! Isaiah has 66 chapters and there are 150 Psalms; both would take over a year to complete! Not surprisingly, I, therefore, decided against those two books, though they would be great ones to study. So thanks to those who gave feedback!
The book that God’s been putting on my heart is one that I was originally very reluctant to study and write on. However, God knows best and after doing some reading and preliminary studying, I’ve found some wonderful, great nuggets of truth and precious promises. So without further ado, I announce So I Fix My Eyes’ next Bible study.
It’s located in the Old Testament. Written by a Minor Prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Comprised of fourteen chapters. Revolves around a most unusual love story.
Did you guess it?
This is a tragic love story between a faithful, righteous man and his adulterous wife. But who are these two people? At first glance it would appear to be Hosea and his wayward wife Gomer; however, upon closer inspection we discover that this book is actually about the LORD and His people Israel.
Chosen and set apart by God as a special people and bound in a covenant relationship to Him, Israel willfully chose to forsake her God, break their covenant relationship, and commit spiritual adultery with foreign gods. This tragic tale was vividly depicted and lived out through the broken marriage of Hosea and Gomer during the final days of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. However, just as God called Hosea to redeem his wife and love her unconditionally, so also God promises to faithfully love and rescue His chosen people. This is the beauty of the book of Hosea, that even in the midst of unfaithfulness, adultery, and waywardness God continues to unrelentingly pursue and love.
So join me as we watch the marital struggles of Hosea, compare our own hearts with the wandering Gomer, and experience the painful discipline of the Lord while also seeing His incomparably great love for us.
“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.”
“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.”
We’ll start this study on Wednesday and have new insights, lessons, and truths to share each Wednesday and Saturday for the next 30 weeks. So I hope you will join us for this new adventure in the pages of God’s Word!
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