1. Hosea portrays God in a very intimate and husbandly way, reaching out to the one He loves when love is abused and lost.
  2. Through Christ we have the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit rather than the limited pouring out we see with Moses in our text.
  3. We look forward to the return of Christ, which fills us with hope that there really is an end to this marathon called life.
  4. Only by faith can we believe the mystery that salvation in all it various forms comes through Jesus, the Son of Righteousness.
  5. The name of God invites us on a journey to see how God will remain present with his people, listen to their cries for salvation, know their sufferings in such an intimate way so as to incarnate them in Christ.
  6. No efforts to create worship as a delectable dish to attract people to our services will ever work, because it is only what God gives to us in His Word and Sacrament that can satisfy the hungry and thirsty soul.
  7. Jesus is the only one who is His brothers’ keeper on behalf of all of humanity and the only one who answered the rhetorical question fully and correctly for you.
  8. The true masterpiece of the Bible’s narrative is that we are blessed not in the way we want but in the way God gives freely on account of Christ alone.
  9. The book of Ruth wants us to know the wisdom of waiting on the Lord and to trust that the Lord will provide redemption through an heir who will bring salvation.
  10. God did what we could never do. He made a promise that endures forever and is eternally significant.