Hosea

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The Prophecy of Hosea -
The LORD's undying Love for unfaithful Israel.
 
I. Hosea's Times Hosea 1:1
II. Hosea's Experience: A portrayal of God's dealings with Israel (1:2-3:5)
  1. The Symbolism of his Family (1:2-11)
    1. Hosea's marriage: Israel's unfaithfulness (1:2-3a)
    2. Hosea's children: Israel's judgment (1:3b-9)
    3. The symbolism reversed (1:10-11)
  2. Restoration through Punishment (2:2-23)
    1. The LORD's punishment of Israel (2:2-13)
    2. The LORD's restoration of Israel (2:14-23)
  3. Restoration through Purchase (3:1-5)
    1. Hosea's obedience: The Price of Love (3:1-3)
    2. The illustration explained (3:4,5)
III. Hosea's Message: God's Judgment and Restoration of Israel (ch. 4-14)
  1. The LORD's case against Israel (4:1-6:3)
    1. Israel's guilt exposed (4:1-19)
      1. Their sinfulness (4:1-5)
      2. Their willful ignorance (4:6-11)
      3. Their idolatry (4:12-19)
    2. Israel's Judgment announced (5:1-14)
    3. Israel's Restoration envisioned (5:15-6:3)
  2. The LORD's case against Israel expanded (6:4-11:11)
    1. Israel's Guilt and Punishment (6:4-8:14)
      1. Convicted of transgression by God's Word, they deal more treacherously with Him (6:4-7:7)
        1. The corruption of the priests (6:4-11)
        2. The corruption of the king and princes (7:1-7)
      2. Confronted by the Excellency of Israel, they foolishly refuse to turn to Him (7:8-12)
        1. They turn to Egypt and Assyria (7:8-12)
        2. They turn to false religion (7:13-16)
      3. Continued disregard for God's Word requires retribution (8:1-14)
        1. They reject the One who is Good (8:1-4)
        2. They are rejected by the false ones they sought:
          1. Their calf (8:5-7)
          2. Their ally, Assyria (8:8-10)
        3. The LORD remembers their sins (8:11-14)
    2. Israel's Guilt and Punishment Reiterated (9:1-11:7)
      1. The Land of Fruitfulness: Barren (9:1-10)
      2. The Children of Fruitfulness: Bereaved (9:11-17)
      3. The Vine of Fruitfulness: Empty (10:1-11)
      4. The Call to Fruitfulness: Refused (10:12-11:7)
    3. The LORD's Compassion Renewed (11:8-11)
  3. The LORD's case against Israel concluded (11:12-14:9)
    1. A concluding indictment (11:12-13:16)
      1. Israel's self-confidence is self-deception:
        In Jacob's weakness, the LORD was strong (11:12-12:14).
      2. Israel's self-exaltation will bring her down:
        In Israel's humble beginnings, the LORD exalted them (13:1-8).
      3. Israel's self-destruction is not final:
        In Israel's desolation, the LORD will redeem them from death (13:9-16).
    2. A concluding exhortation (14:1-9)
      Restoration will come:
      • when Israel returns to the LORD their God.
      • when Ephraim finds true Fruitfulness in Him.

[Elements of the above outline
were adapted from the Bible Knowledge Commentary.]

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