DVD 1 – MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN
The marriage of Hosea and Gomer as an analogy of the covenant union of God and Israel is best understood when set in the context of the whole redemptive story of the Bible. In this opening lecture we trace the theme of marriage from its institution in Genesis, to Sinai, the Prophets, the writings of the Apostle Paul before coming to a climax in Revelation.
DVD 2 – IDOLS IN THE NORTH
To reveal himself to the nations, God inaugurated an unique relationship with one people, Israel. Chosen, holy and married to the Lord, Israel occupied a special place in the unfolding drama of redemption. The history of that relationship is marked by fidelity on God’s part and infidelity on Israel’s part. Hosea addresses the idolatry and adultery of the Northern Kingdom specifically and we set the historical and geographical context of the book.
DVD 3 – PROMISE AND PROMISCUITY
In any short series on Hosea we have to be selective. The prophet addresses a range of themes between chapter three and the end. To focus our minds in this lecture and the next, we shall identify major themes that act as bridges between the ancient text and the modern world. Firstly we shall examine the pain of infidelity and the wholesale failure of leadership.
DVD 4 -WHEN RITES GO WRONG
As in the ancient world so in the modern world the life of faith has to be lived out in the context of human hubris and boastful superpowers. Military might continues to be as seductive as ever and many advocate trust in an army makes more sense than faith in God. That situation is exacerbated by the widespread corruption of true worship and replacement of true faith with mechanical performance of ritual.
DVD 5 – HOSEA IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Hosea is not quoted frequently in the New Testament but those references which occur are rather significant and well worth examining in some depth. Hosea’s use by both Paul and Matthew provides a fascinating launch pad for reflection on the inter-relationship of both testaments while the major theme is a striking backdrop for the development of the relationship between Christ and his bride, the church.
6 HOSEA TODAY AND TOMORROW
The first of the Minor Prophets is only ‘minor’ in terms of the quantity, not the quality of his material. Though historically specific, the prophetic message transcends a particular time and place. His words reverberate down through the ages proclaiming that prosperity is not necessarily a sign of blessing, that faithfulness is more important than form and that the God of Israel is the ultimate lover fully committed to all his promises. Furthermore, in an age of sexual confusion and licence this prophet elevates marriage to its rightful level.