1. What emotions were stirred in Hosea when he experiences Yahweh’s calling in the wind? How are those emotions complicated and/or changed by the command to marry a prostitute?
2. What people and circumstances does Yahweh use in Hosea’s life to prepare him for his calling?
3. When does Hosea realize Gomer is the prostitute Yahweh intends for him to marry, and how does their childhood friendship change his attitude toward the call?
4. When Gomer is arrested in Samaria, Hosea’s determination wanes, and he is ready to return to Tekoa without fulfilling Yahweh’s call. What restores his confidence and giveshim renewed courage to move forward in Yahweh’s direction? How can we look for similar encouragement in our lives?
5. As Hosea, Gomer, Jonah, and Isaiah approach Jerusalem, they pass an Asherah pole, and Gomer asks why Yahweh threatens Israel’s destruction and leaves Judah undisciplined. How does Hosea explain the balance of Yahweh’s mercy and justice, His jealousy and forgiveness? How can we as followers of Christ show that God requires obedience and yet loves unconditionally?
6. Driven by fear after witnessing Yahweh’s judgment on Uzziah, Gomer buys an idol in Jerusalem’s marketplace, returning to a god she knows and trusts. In what ways—both positive and negative—does Uzziah react to his fear? In what ways—both positive and negative—do Hosea, Jonah, and Isaiah react to their fears?
7. There are many forms and expressions of love (giving and receiving) throughout the story—Yahweh’s, Yuval’s, Hosea’s, Gomer’s. How much is love derived from or molded by one’s environment?
8. In what ways does King Uzziah mature in his relationship with Yahweh, and in what ways does he remain flawed?
9. When Hosea can’t find anyone to talk to about Gomer’s unfaithfulness, he is driven to pour out his heart to Yahweh. Why do you think God is sometimes our last resort in times of desperation?