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Raisin Cakes and Modern Appetites

July 8th, 2007

“And the LORD said to me, Go again, love a woman who is loved by anther man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel,

though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins”

(Hosea 3:1, ESV)

“Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love” (Song of Solomon 2:5). Hosea 3 is about love. Has life ever not been about love?

I. What do cakes of raisins have to do with anything!?

Cakes of raisins are associated with…

A. Jeremiah 7:16-18 – ____________________

B. Song of Solomon 2:5 – _________________

II. 5 Lessons from Hosea 3 –

1. 3:1 presents an _____________of ________________.

2. 3:2 is a great theological concept – _______________.

3. 3:3 is about learning __________________.

4. 3:4 is about _________________________.

5. 3:5 contains _________________________.

Conclusion: The gods of the 21st century are the new cakes of raisins: familiar things; strange things; and illicit wrongs. The “latter days” of Judaism have come (Heb. 1:2). Christ now redeems, not with silver, but with blood (1 Peter 1:17-19).

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