“Lesson 34: ‘I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness’” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2001), 166–69
“Lesson 34,” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 166–69
To help class members understand that the Lord is loving and merciful and will forgive us when we repent and return to him.
Prayerfully study the following scriptures:
Hosea 1–3. Using the similitude of a faithful husband and an adulterous wife, Hosea describes the relationship between the Lord and Israel.
Hosea 11; 13–14. Because of his love for his people, the Lord continues to invite Israel to repent and return to him.
Additional reading: The rest of Hosea.
If you use the attention activity, write each of the following phrases on a separate piece of paper before class. If your class is small, prepare only one piece of paper for each class member.
“The children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea” (Hosea 1:10)
“I will pour out my wrath upon them like water” (Hosea 5:10)
“The Lord … shall come unto us as the rain” (Hosea 6:3)
“He shall come as an eagle” (Hosea 8:1)
“Israel is an empty vine” (Hosea 10:1)
“Judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field” (Hosea 10:4)
“They shall be … as the smoke out of the chimney” (Hosea 13:3)
“I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps [cubs]” (Hosea 13:8)
“I am like a green fir tree” (Hosea 14:8)
Suggested Lesson Development
Additional Teaching Ideas
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.