Podcast for 17 Jun:
- Hosea 4-14. (Skim read, noting what grabs your attention).
- Religion without Compassion. (John Stott on “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (6:6) from his series The Dangers of Being Religious, 31m MP3).
- A People Like the Morning Mist. (Roger Salisbury on Hosea 11-12, 24m, MP3).
- What is 6:6 doing to or saying about the Law of Moses? How is it used by Jesus in Matt 9:13 and 12:7?
- Or it it mainly about unworthy sacrifice? (cf. comments on sacrifice in 8:11-14), or is it also about idolatry? (cf. 9:10, 11:1, 13:1-3), or is it about injustice (or corruption lack of mercy or steadfast love) trumping all religious deeds? (cf. 10:13, 12:7)
- There is an interesting theme in later Hosea of prophets bringing destruction (6:5, 12:13-14)…
- How did these prophets see themselves? Unlike Amos, was Hosea a ‘proper’ prophet?
- Is this basically the same message as Amos (see prev. weeks), but from within the school of prophets?
- What does it mean for Matt 2:15 to quote Hos 11:1, and apply it to Jesus?
- Consider what Hosea 13:14 means in Hosea, and then how Paul uses this in 1 Cor 15:55? (Or for something really interesting, what does Isa 28:3 means in Isaiah, and then in the way Paul uses it in 1 Cor 15:54?)
- Reading as Christians, 6:2 is immensely evocative; what do you think it meant to Hosea when writing or speaking it?