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Hosea, Prophet to Israel

We have learned that because of the sin of Solomon, the Kingdom of Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom was known as Israel and the Southern Kingdom was known as Judah. The Northern Kingdom was comprised of ten tribes, one of which was Ephraim.

Manasseh and Ephraim were the sons of Joseph. When Joseph died, Jacob adopted Manasseh and Ephraim as his own, thus making them two of the tribes of Israel. The tribe of Ephraim was known for complaining against both the judges of Gideon and Jephthah. The conflict with Gideon ended peacefully, but the conflict with Jephthah resulted in the death of 42,000 Ephraimites. The tribe of Ephraim, led by Jeroboam, led the revolt resulting in a divided kingdom and Jeroboam becoming the first king of the Northern Kingdom.

Hosea, as well as other prophets, commonly refer to the Northern Kingdom as Ephraim. This is a reflection of the fact that Ephraim was the most powerful of the tribes in the Northern Kingdom. Keep this in mind during today’s Scripture reading.

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Review:  Last week we were introduced to the prophet Amos. God gave Amos a vision of how He was going to destroy Israel because they worshipped false gods and ignored God’s commands. God showed Amos in the vision that He was going to send locusts and fire—but Amos begged God not to send the locusts and the fire, because the punishment would be too great. God then gave Amos a vision of a plumb line that He used to show that Israel did not measure up to His standard. Even though the book of Amos is filled with judgment against Israel, God did not leave them without hope.

 

What was God’s promise to Israel? One day Israel would be restored and returned to the land that God promised them many years before

 

Scripture Reading: Amos 7:1–16 and Amos 9:11–15.  ****Reading God’s Word is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section.


Talk:   God instructed Hosea to marry Gomer even though she would be unfaithful and love others. In chapters 1–3 of Hosea, God is using Hosea’s life to symbolize Israel’s unfaithfulness to Him and what was going to happen to the people of Israel because of their sin.

Gomer and Hosea had three children. The first was a son named Jezreel. By giving him that name, God was saying that He was going to punish the reigning dynasty that had rebelled against His purpose and His plan. Later, two more children were born.

 

  • What were the names of the other two children and what did their names mean?

Lo-Ruhamah means God will no longer show His love to Israel. Lo-Ammi means that God will no longer call Israel His people.

The prophet, Hosea, tells Israel why God is so upset with them. Hosea says there were three things that Israel was not doing and seven things they were doing.

  • What was Israel not doing that they should have been doing? (see Hosea 4:1)

Israel had no faithfulness, no love, and no acknowledgement of God. What was Israel doing that they should not have been doing? (4:2) Israel was cursing, lying, murdering, stealing, committing adultery, breaking all bounds, and causing bloodshed.

  • What warning does Hosea give the Israelites? (9:7–9)

Hosea warns Israel that because their sins are so many and their hostility is so great against God’s prophets, “God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sin.”

  • From the names God gave to Hosea’s children, we know that He is telling Israel that He has disowned them. How is the message in chapter 11 different than the message in chapter 1?

Chapter 1 was a vivid description of God’s anger and coming punishment against Israel. Chapter 11 is filled with God’s compassion and love for Israel as a father loves his child. God is filled with sorrow because of the actions of Israel.

  • What does Hosea tell Israel to do in order to once again receive God’s blessing?

(14:1–2) “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God . . . Say to him, ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously’.”

  • If Israel follows the advice of Hosea, what will be God’s response?

(14:4) “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.”

  • Hosea 14:9 says, “The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them.” God is good and wants to lead us in the right direction because He loves us. God did a wonderful thing because He loves us so much: He sent His son, Jesus. Romans 5:8 tells us that even while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. God still loved Israel even though they were sinning and had not turned to Him. Just as God told Israel that He would forgive them if they returned to Him, God will forgive us.

 

 

Pray: Using Romans 5:8, give God praise for His love. Thank God that we do not have to try and earn His love. Ask God

 

Do: Family Night – Ahead of time, cut out the Prophets pictures and staple them together to make a booklet. Answer the following questions and write your answers inside the prophet image of Hosea.

  1. What message did God have for His people?
  2. What judgment did God say He would send upon His people? 3. How did the people react?
  3. Was there any good news for the people?

Keep the booklet to answer the questions about each of the prophets as we study each one over the next few weeks. Amos is already completed for you.

(Vista Dublin lesson March 1st,  Vista Worthington lesson March 15th) 

The Nothern Kingdom was Destroyed

The nation of Israel was familiar with captivity. They were slaves in Egypt for over four hundred years before God delivered them. Throughout their wilderness travels, they constantly turned their backs on God and worshipped idols. After entering the Promise Land, God sent judges to rescue them against enemies because they had turned against God. They had numerous kings that led them in doing evil in the eyes of the Lord. The Bible talks about God’s anger burning against the people, but He always forgave and rescued them when they repented and turned back to Him. Today’s story ends quite differently. God has been pushed too far, and a new phrase appears on the pages of 2 Kings…God ”removed them from his presence”. God has now turned His back on Israel. He will allow them to once again be taken into captivity.

Although Israel seemed to have no hope, God did promise that He would someday return Israel to their homeland (Isaiah 11:10-12). Even more importantly, God promised to send a Messiah. That promise was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. God turned His back on His own Son because of our sin, but then Jesus was raised from the dead, and the perfect sacrifice was given for us.

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 9.32.42 AMLast week we learned how God healed Naaman. Naaman, a valiant soldier in Aram’s army, had leprosy. A servant girl told him to go see Elisha for healing. Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan River seven times for healing. At first, Naaman refused, but his servants convinced him to obey. Naaman was com- pletely healed.

What did Naaman say after he was healed? “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel”

 

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 17:1-23

Memory Verse: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey” 2 Kings 17:13b

 

 

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  1. Who was the king of Israel during this time? Was he good or evil?

King Hoshea did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

  1. What king attacked Israel?

Shalmaneser the king of Assyria.

  1. What did the king of Assyria do with the Israelites?

He took the Israelites captive and de ported them to Assyria.

  1. Reread verse 7; what does the Bible say is the reason Israel was taken captive? “All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God.”
  2. List some examples of things the Israelites did to sin against God.

They worshipped other gods; they secretly did things against the Lord; they built high places, set up sacred stones and Asherah poles, practiced witchcraft.

  1. God had warned all the nation of Israel against such evil practices, but they ignored God time and again. What phrase tells us that God had enough? (v 18-20)

“So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence…the Lord rejected all the people of Israel.”

  1. The nation of Israel not only went against the Sinai covenant with God, but they also ignored the words of the prophets that God had sent to them as warnings. God describes them as stiff-necked people comparing them with stubborn oxen refusing to move when needed. Are you sometimes stiff-necked? Talk about things we do that would ignore God’s Words. What should we do right away when we have sinned against God?

 

PRAY:

Adoration: Praise God that He is the one and only true God.
Confession: Confess a specific time when you ignored God’s Word and did evil in His eyes. Thanksgiving: Offer thanks to God for His patience and forgiveness.
Supplication: Ask God to help keep the idols out of your life and to obey His Word.

 

DO:

True or False Wall Instructions

  1. Choose 2 opposite walls—label one as FALSE and the other as TRUE.
  2. Use the questions below to review the five lessons from this unit.
  3. Have everyone stand in the middle of the room.
  4. After reading a question, each person will run to the wall he thinks is the correct answer. 
Questions
  5. After the nation of Israel was divided, the Northern Kingdom had several kings that loved and obeyed the Lord. False—they did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord.
  6. King Ahab was married to Queen Jezebel. True
  7. The prophet Samuel challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. False—Elijah challenged.
  8. Israel was guilty of worshipping Baal. True
  9. Queen Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah. True
  10. On Mt. Carmel, Elijah poured oil on the sacrifice. False—he poured water
  11. On Mt. Carmel, God proved He was real by sending fire from heaven. True
  12. Elijah was afraid of Queen Esther. False—it was Queen Jezebel
  13. Commander Naaman was cured of blindness. False—it was leprosy
  14. Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan River. True
  15. The last king of the Northern Kingdom was Ahab. False—it was Hoshea
  16. The prophet Elijah took the place of Elisha. False—Elisha replaced Elijah

 

(Vista Dublin lesson February 15th, Vista Worthington Lesson, March 1st)

 

 

Elisha and Naaman (2 Kings 5)

The Bible gives reference to many types of diseases that afflicted people including deaf- ness, fevers, seizures, speech impediments, and skin diseases. Of these diseases, one that was greatly feared was that of leprosy. Leprosy was highly contagious, and it is because of its con- tagious nature that there were strict laws concerning those who had the disease. Leviticus 13:45- 56 says, “The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp”. Not only were the people sick, but they were completely cut off from their family and friends until they were either healed or died.

We are exactly like those who suffered from leprosy. No, we don’t have a disease that eats away at our skin, but we are diseased with sin. When we have sin in our lives, it eats away at our hearts, and we are completely cut off from God. Thankfully, there is a cure. Jesus was sent to cure us from the sickness of sin. He is the perfect healer—we just need to trust him as our Savior.

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 11.46.20 PMLast week we learned about an example of God’s compassion. Elijah was running for his life away from Queen Jezebel. She was not happy that Baal had been defeated on Mt. Carmel. Elijah felt defeated and requested to die. God provided rest, nourishment and encouragement for Elijah under a broom

What encouragement did God give Elijah? God said that he had pre- served 7, 000 servants of God who were hidden from Jezebel.

 

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5

Memory Verse: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey” 2 Kings 17:13b

 

 

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 Talk:

  1. Naaman was the first person mentioned in today’s story. Who was Naaman and what was his problem?

    Naaman was a successful commander in Aram’s army; through him the Lord had given victory to Aram; Naaman had leprosy.

  2. A servant girl knew how Naaman could be healed. What suggestion did she give Naaman’s wife?

    She told Naaman’s wife that there was a prophet in Samaria that could heal Naaman; the prophet’s name was Elisha.

  3. Where was the servant girl from originally? Why do you think it was strange that she offered help to her master?

    The girl was taken captive from Israel. She could have been filled with hatred and bitterness against her captors. Instead she was aware of the one true God, and she unselfishly wanted to share that knowledge and healing power with her captors.

  4. Sometimes people do things to hurt us: a friend says something mean to you; someone teases you; your team is upset at you because you dropped the ball during the game. How do you act when someone has hurt you?

    The servant girl is a great example to us of how we should show Jesus to others even when they have hurt us.

  5. When Naaman reached Elisha, what did Elisha do?

    He sent his servant to tell Naaman to wash in the Jordan River seven times, and then he would be healed.

  6. What was Naaman’s reaction?

    Naaman was angry and refused to wash, but his servants convinced him that he should do as Elisha said.

  7. What happened when Naaman obeyed? He was completely healed.
  8. What did Naaman say after he was healed?

    (v15) “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.”

  9. The servant girl made a difference in Naaman’s life. She was just a girl taken from her country and made into a slave, but she was used by God to save a man’s life, and to turn him to the one true God. Take this opportunity to talk about how God uses all kinds of people to accomplish His purpose—that of bringing people to Him. We should be watching for chances that God gives us to share Him with others.

 

PRAY:

  • Read or recite as a family John 3:16.
  • Give thanks to God for His wonderful gift of salvation which heals us from the disease of sin.
  • Ask Got to make you aware of people around you that are in need of Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  • Pray for boldness to speak with those people about God’s healing gift of salvation.

 

DO:

  • Cut out the Memory Verse puzzle, cut into its pieces.
  • Use the puzzle to practice the memory verse for this unit.
  • You can either use the copy provided to complete as a family, or you can make one copy for each family member.*Copy or glue the puzzle onto cardstock for sturdiness prior to cutting.

 

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