Hey BridgeKids Families!
This week, we encountered the curious instructions God gave the prophet Hosea. God sent the prophet Hosea to speak to Israel a message of God’s hatred toward sin and of His coming judgment. God also sent Hosea to bring a message of love—a love that never gives up. God used Hosea’s own life to show Israel what a never-gives-up kind of love looks like.
Open your Bibles to Hosea 1-14. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. This story does contain material that may not be suitable for children. Please pre read the story and use vague terms where necessary. Here you will read about how God told Hosea to marry a prostitute. He told Hosea that his wife would not be faithful to him. She would give birth to children who were conceived with other men. Still, Hosea obeyed God. He chose Gomer as his wife. Just as God said, Gomer was not faithful to Hosea. She went after other lovers. Can you imagine Hosea’s grief each time he found his wife with another man?
It would have been easier for Hosea to throw up his hands and say, “Enough! I’m done with you!” God’s people were no different than Gomer. They were spiritual adulterers. Their hearts chased after other lovers. They loved and worshiped idols, people and things that were not the one true God.
It would have been easier for God to throw up His hands and say, “Enough! I’m done with you!” But God’s love never gives up. He gave Hosea a love for his wife that compelled him to buy her back from the slave market after all she had done. In the same way, God sought after His unfaithful people even after all they had done. God paid a high price—the life of His Son, Jesus—to bring them back to Himself.
Hosea’s relationship with Gomer reminds us of God’s relationship with the people of Israel and with us. Even though God’s people are unfaithful and love other things more than they love God, God still loves us. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sin and bring us back to Him.
Help your kids understand what God’s amazing love is like and make sure they see that the price God paid to bring us back to Him was Jesus. God gave Hosea a deep love; Hosea was willing to buy back Gomer even after all she had done. God’s love is deep, and it never gives up. He goes after His people and loves them back to Himself.
Ask the questions:
- What was the name of the woman Hosea married? (Gomer, Hosea 1:3)
- How many children did Gomer have? (three: Jezreel, Lo-ruhamah, and Lo-ammi; Hosea 1:4,6,9)
- How were the people of Israel like Gomer? (Gomer was not faithful to Hosea. In the same way, God’s people turned away from Him; Hosea 3:1)
- True or false: Hosea gave up on Gomer and allowed her to run away. (False, Hosea found Gomer and paid to get her back; Hosea 3:2)
- What did Hosea tell the Israelites to do? (Return to the Lord and strive to know the Lord; Hosea 6:1,3)
- Lake Ann Camp: Not thinking about camp when the snow is falling? You should be. We have some gift bags for the first 20 Lifers to sign up. We plan to take students (4th-12th grade) to camp during the week of July 16-21 this next summer. Go to lakeanncamp.com for camp info and registration. Questions? E-mail April Pachuta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Penny Wars!: Our Penny Wars are going to help support the Truth Skate Ministry. Check them out at truthskatechurch.com. This is an awesome local ministry run by our own Kyle Brush.