Who was king of Persia?
What was the name of the king of Babylon that had taken the children of Israel into captivity?
How many from the children of Adin returned from captivity?
Lesson: God finally said enough is enough. He gave the children of Israel the opportunity to turn to him. They refused and so God allowed them to go into
Prayer: Lord, when I am wrong show me and may I have the wisdom to turn to you. Amen
A DIVIDED HEART
Many Christians enjoy sitting on the fence and flitting from one worldly pleasure to another. A divided heart only multiplies the problems of life. In the days of Hosea, the Israelites were trying to worship both pagan idols and our Heavenly Father. God had Hosea to condemn the people by telling them that their hearts were divided. Three colorful illustrations were used by the prophet as he spoke to the
nation. First, Hosea said that they were like half-baked bread--compromising and favorable neither to God nor the idols. Secondly, they were like a proud man who was unaware of the depths of his spiritual decline. Third, they were like a wandering dove that was flying from one place to another in quest for food and never satisfied. Today as Christians, we are often afflicted with the same divided heart syndrome--we believe in Jesus, but we are reluctant to commit every area of our lives to Him. We go to church but don’t want to follow the Word each day if it deprives us of worldly pleasure or success. We must remember that a divided heart has serious consequences: (1) It prevents us from pleasing the Lord; (2) It keeps us from drawing others to trust in Jesus; (3) It destroys our testimony as Christians; and (4) It causes us to live unfulfilled lives. A close walk with Jesus daily will bring peace to your heart and divine blessings into your life.