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5 Minute Devotional: Hosea, Prophet to Israel (Hosea 1:1-2 & 3:1-5)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week, we encountered the curious instructions God gave the prophet Hosea. God sent the prophet Hosea to speak to Israel a message of God’s hatred toward sin and of His coming judgment. God also sent Hosea to bring a message of love—a love that never gives up. God used Hosea’s own life to show Israel what a never-gives-up kind of love looks like.

(3 minutes) READ Hosea 1:1-2 & 3:1-5

God’s love never gives up. He gave Hosea a love for his wife that compelled him to buy her back from the slave market after all she had done. In the same way, God sought after His unfaithful people even after all they had done. God paid a high price—the life of His Son, Jesus—to bring them back to Himself.

Hosea’s relationship with Gomer reminds us of God’s relationship with the people of Israel and with us. Even though God’s people are unfaithful and love other things more than they love God, God still loves us. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sin and bring us back to Him.

Help your kids understand what God’s amazing love is like and make sure they see that the price God paid to bring us back to Him was Jesus. God gave Hosea a deep love; Hosea was willing to buy back Gomer even after all she had done. God’s love is deep, and it never gives up. He goes after His people and loves them back to Himself.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What is God like? God is slow to anger, merciful, and loving.

Memory Verse: Joel 2:13 Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for His amazing love.

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 14 - Session 1.