The Story: God’s Messengers

H-Icon_Ch15_Fire“But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.” – Hosea 2:6

“I have been the Lord your God ever since you came out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed festivals. I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them.” – Hosea 2:9-10

“Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.'” –Hosea 4:1-2

This Week’s Scripture References:  1 Kings 17-19, 2 Kings 2, 4, 6, Hosea 4-5, 8-9, 14, Amos 1, 3-5, 9

Have you ever tried to find your way somewhere only to discover out you’ve been going in the wrong direction or are stuck at the end of a dead end street?

How has God met you at a dead end?

The Israelites were heading in the wrong direction. The kings of Israel didn’t love or listen to God. They stopped paying attention.  They were going in the wrong direction. So God found a new way to talk to people. He selected some people to be his prophets, his messengers.

A prophet is a person who tells people messages from God.

God sent prophets to warn everyone to change their ways, to listen and turn around, to turn back to God. God wanted people to remember him and sent the prophets to  help the people remember that there is only one true God. These messages were often hard for the people to hear, but their messages were backed by the love of God. The prophets showed how willing God was to warn his people before he disciplined them. God loves us very much and wants us to listen to him and live our lives close to him and so God uses special messengers to bring people close to him again.

What can we learn from their messages today?

What prophets speak into your life today?

In what ways are you a prophet? What message has God given you to share?

“A Prophet Has A Lonely Task” – Words by C.W. Gillette
A prophet has a lonely task—
To help the world to see anew,
To name injustice, then to ask
What God is calling us to do.

O Lord, you taught us: Hear their shout!
Receive their call to turn from sin!
When others seek to shut them out,
The church must welcome prophets in.

For in our welcome, Lord, we’ll find
A living faith, a new world-view,
A life more peaceful, just and kind,
A church that gladly welcomes you.

 To listen to this week’s sermon,  God’s Messengers, Sermon 1/3 in “No Outlet” The Story Mini-Series, click here! 

For Family Devotions related to this week’s message, click here!

For more information and additional resources for The Story at Faith UMC, click here!


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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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