Beloved: A Community Study of the Book of Hosea
Deep in the heart of many resides a fear that if our true selves were discovered by the world around us, we would be deemed unlovable. Plagued by insecurities and beset by our own inadequacies, we are tempted to pose and preen for a world that determines value by performance and image. But masked beneath the shallow comfort of earthly success and the idolatry of people pleasing is a desire to hear our Heavenly Creator call us His Beloved. The Book of Hosea cries out to us with the truth we long to hear; despite our faults and failures, we are fully known, fully loved, and have no need to fear rejection. Hosea is a historical account of how one man’s troubled marriage symbolized God’s love for his unfaithful people. Set amidst the backdrop of prostitution, marital affairs, and children born out of wedlock, emerges one of the greatest portrayals of unfailing love in God’s Word and the hard truth of what that love requires from us in return.