RELIGIOUS STUDIES


Hosea

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6:6 The key... I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God , rather than burnt offerings. ( Second claim to being “the heart of the Old Testament.”)


Hesedh = steadfast love.


Knowledge of God...closest possible relationship of man and God. Like the know in sexual intercourse. Closest possible relationship.



Common Error


Judaism is a religion of law, Christianity is a religion of love, Islam is a religion of obedience, Bahais a religion of unity, including the unity of law, love and obedience.”


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But Judaism also has the doctrine of love.


Love equals steadfast care, not sacrifice.


Story of Hosea.



Hosea’s behavior is the message.


He marries Gomar (woman’s name) and she becomes (is a prostitute.


He takes her back and pays for her. God pays a ransom for her sins.


I. Hosea the Person


last known prophet of the Northern Kingdom, Israel. , see page, 307


6:6 The key... I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God , rather than burnt offerings. ( Second claim to being “the heart of the Old Testament.”)


Hesedh = steadfast love.


Knowledge of God...closest possible relationship of man and God. Like the know in sexual intercourse. Closest possible relationship.




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2:5b For she said,’I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, ,y wool and my flax, my oil and my drink = fertility cults..


She did not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the wine and the oil 2:8


3. Love cakes of raisins..


4 The Lord has a controversy.


The people are guilty of 4:2, swearing, lying, killing, and committing adultery, they break all bounds and murder follows murder..



4:11 wine and new wine take away the understanding.


4:14b They sacrifice upon he mountain top, etc, your daughters play the harlot and your brides commit adultery..the men themselves go aside with harlots and sacrifice to the cult prostitutes and a people with out understanding shall come to ruin.


6:6 *** For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.



8: Set the trumpet to your lips for a vulture is over the house of the Lord. See the big bird dispute)


8:13 They love sacrifice, they sacrifice flesh and eat it; but the Lord has no delight in it. ( discuss the practice of the sacrifices)


For Israel has forgotten its maker.




11: When Israel was a child, I loved him and out of Egypt I called my son.. I taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in my arms but they did not know I healed them..


How can I give you up O ‘ Ephraim.


I will not execute my fierce anger for I am a god and not a man,




23: Men kiss calves.


13:O Death where are your plagues, O Sheol where is your destruction



14 Return O Israel to the Lord your God I will heal their faithlessness I will love them freely for my anger has turned from them, I will be as the dew to Israel...


Conclusion



14:9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things, whosoever is discerning, let him known them, for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.”