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Going Deeper for Week Ending January 30th 2021
The Context of Hosea’s Prophecies
In Hosea chapter one, we are informed that Hosea prophesied during the reigns of four of Judah’s kings, namely, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah and during the reign of Jeroboam II, king of Israel. The account of Uzziah’s reign are to be found in 2 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 26. To get a better understanding of Hosea’s prophetic utterances against Judah and Israel, one needs to be familiar with the conditions during the reigns of these kings. So, let’s start this week with life during the reign of Uzziah.
You will notice that Uzziah was also known as Azariah, 2 Kings 15:7.
Examine the moral, spiritual, Economical and political conditions during that time.
Moral & Spiritual
Economical & Political
2 Kings 15:3; 2 Chr. 26:4-5
He became king at age 16. Discuss what challenges he may have faced as a youth and how the guidance of Zechariah contributed to what is said of Uzziah in 2 Chr. 26:5.
“As long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him”. What would you say is the relationship between a person’s spiritual condition and the other areas of life?
Now look at Uzziah the adult: 2 Chr. 26:16.
What would you say brought about the change in Uzziah?
How do you see similar pattern in our time?
What do you understand from Hos. 5:5,10,12?
2 Chr. 26:6-16
1. What are the evidences of his political power?
2. What were the markers of his economic success?
3. What do you see in Hosea that speaks to this time, Hos. 5: 14; 6:4; 10:12-13?
4. What are you hearing from the modern prophets in the churches about the spiritual and moral conditions of the times?
5. Uzziah was smitten with leprosy. He was placed in isolation until the time of his death. Instead of being remembered as a king who brought prosperity, he was remembered as a leper, 26:23. What warning do you see here?