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Of Lovers and Whores: Three Bible Discussions on Hosea

Some of the small groups in the South West Christian Unions will be spending three weeks in Hosea this term. It's a key term in the year for sharing Jesus with people and these three Bible Discussions are designed to equip Christian students to speak of their Saviour.

The book of Hosea is a vivid prophetic word from the life of a prophet who is asked by the LORD to marry a whore. Their scandalous marriage pictures the relationship between the LORD and his unfaithful people. Their relationship revealing the LORD’s relationship with his people. In the ultimate romantic comedy the bridegroom looks to his wedding day, but his bride is a whore.

This is our story! In Hosea we find scandalous grace, the loving embrace of the LORD to us, and an invitation to relationship through the death of Jesus that will bring about the re-creation of his world. It's one of my favourite books in the Bible and I hope you'll enjoy these puritan inspired discussions.

You can access the notes here: Hosea 2:14-23 Small Groups Resource
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Go further with Jeremiah Burrough's commentary on Hosea, Of Lovers and WhoresListen to my three sermons on Hosea 2:14-23 from Frontiers Church Exeter, 2012.


  1. A great book, one of my favourites. It always moves me when I read this.

    But is the hard part making this connect in a postmodern world that does not really accept the need for faithfulness?

  2. Interesting thought. I agree the need for faithfulness isn't intellectually highly regarded,... the desire for someone else to be faithful to us however...

    1. Yes, its interesting that every instinct within us desires faithfulness from others, and yet many of the cultural messages discourage us from being faithful ourselves.

    2. The god of this age seduces many with his lies, yet even in the corrupt hearts of men and women the inconsolable longing remains...


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