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January 21. 2018

Sermon: The Shape of the Gospel: God’s Anguish

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Scripture Lesson

Hosea 1:2-10; Romans 5:6-8

The Family of Hosea

When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.’ So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. And the Lord said to him, ‘Name him Jezreel; for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.’ She conceived again and bore a daughter. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have pity on the house of Israel or forgive them. But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God; I will not save them by bow, or by sword, or by war, or by horses, or by horsemen.’ When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said, ‘Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and I am not your God.’

The Restoration of Israel

Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor numbered; and in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people’, it shall be said to them, ‘Children of the living God.’

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
The Shape of the Gospel: God’s Anguish
Hosea 1:2-10; Romans 5:6-8

I. Introduction: Baby Blues
II. Series: Hosea: The Shape of the Gospel
III. Who is Hosea?
     A. Northern prophet (740-21 BC)
     B. He lets his life speak
IV. God’s instructions (Hos. 1:2-9)
     A. Marry a prostitute (1:2)
     B. Have children
         1. Jezreel (1:4)
         2. Lo-ruhamah (1:6)
         3. Lo-ammi (1:9)
     C. The purpose: living symbols
     D. What God experiences
         1. God’s unfathomable love for Israel
         2. The anguish of God’s faithfulness
V. Glimpses of restoration (Hos. 1:10)
     A. Many Israelites (1:10)
     B. Covenant renewal (1:10)
     C. More detail next week
VI. What does Hosea tell us? (Hos. 1:2-10; Rom. 5:6-8)
     A. God’s love
        1. Extends to even the “ungodly” (1:2; 5:6)
         2. Relies on divine initiative (5:8)
     B. The shape of the gospel
VII. Conclusion: Gladys Aylward (1902-70)


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