BIB101 Daily Responses - Hosea Amos 1 From my understanding...

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Hosea & Amos 1.) From my understanding, the whole book of Hosea basically explains God’s wrath toward Is- rael for their evil and sinful nature especially their practice of worshiping idols. Hosea 5:11 reads, “The people of Israel will be crushed and broken by my judgment because they are de- termined to worship idols.” However, God yet explains His love for Israel and offers restoration and healing for those who will repent. In Hosea 14:5, the Lords states, “I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon.” 2.) I found it puzzling in Hosea 1:2 that God would order Hosea to marry a prostitute although God stated that it was to be an illustration representing Israel’s infidelity toward God. God also makes a large number of interesting metaphorical comparisons that are quite difficult to interpret at times. For example in Hosea 9:6b, He states, “Nettles will take over your treasures of silver; thistles will invade your ruined homes.” I have my ideas of what is meant by this part of the verse, but it is certainly a struggle to pinpoint the exact meaning. 3.) It was interesting how the book of Amos was a continuation of God’s wrath towards Israel. Judgment day is highlighted in Amos 5 where God states in verse 18, “What sorrow awaits you who say, ‘If only the day of the Lord were here!’ You have no idea what you are wishing for. That day will bring darkness, not light.” I also found all the visions displayed for Amos by God in chapters 7, 8, and 9 very intriguing. The Lord has some awesome presentational methods in revealing His plans. Isaiah 1-12 1.) Throughout the first part of the book of Isaiah, God is explaining his wrath for Judah and Jer- usalem for their rebellious behavior. Isaiah 1:4 states, “Oh, what a sinful nation they are--loaded down with a burden of guilt. They are evil people, corrupt children who have rejected the Lord. They have despised the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.” This chapter is very similar to the books of Hosea and Amos in regards to the Lord expressing his anger for their abundant, sinful nature. 2.) The beginning of Chapter 5 in Isaiah was interesting in that it is a song about the Lord’s vine- yard. The chapter opens up with the verse (verse 1), “Now I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a rich and fertile hill.” This idea just seems puzzling because although wine was the popular choice of drink in that time period, it seems odd to associate the Lord with wine, as there are many Christians who do not believe any consump- tion of an alcoholic beverage is godly. 3.) I was very intrigued with Isaiah 11 where the chapter explains the power and impact that Jesse, King David’s father, will have during his reign. Verse 6 states, “In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.” The mental visual of a
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  • Spring '09
  • THOMASPHILLIPS
  • The Bible, bible

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