Hosea 4:1-5:14

  1. Note down in chapter 4:1-14:
    (a) the outward sins which caused the Lord to have a controversy with his people, and
    (b) the inward condition of which these sins were the outcome.
    How far might this description be applied to our society today?
  2. 4:15-19. This passage may be interpreted as a warning to the southern kingdom of Judah not totally herself with Israel.
    Why this warning, and what message has it for us?
  3. What in chapter 5 are shown to be the real obstacles that separate the people from God, and God from the people?
    Who are charged with responsibility for this condition of things?

Notes

  1. 4:15. ‘Beth Aven’: house of wickedness’, used ironically for “Bethel’, ‘house of God’.
  2. 4:17. ‘Ephraim’: the leading tribe of the northern kingdom, therefore used as synonym for Israel.
    Only in chapter 13 does it refer to the tribe.
  3. 5:7. ‘New Moon’: i.e., the next new moon.
    Within a month run will be upon them.
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