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mzl.nmwxxnviSome Bible stories seem ready-made for kids:

  • Jonah and the big fish.
  • Daniel in the lion’s den.
  • David and Goliath.

These stories are epic. They’re memorable. The truths translate well to kids.

But what about stories about Achan’s sin, or David’s fall, or strangely-named prophets like Hosea?

When The Gospel Project for Kids team decided to take kids on a chronological journey through the Bible, the team didn’t skip the Minor Prophets. This decision created some headaches for the team, mainly because other children’s Bibles or curriculum generally pass over these stories. There was little help in seeing how other people had handled some of the more obscure Old Testament prophets.

Then there’s the question of suitability. Hosea is a weird story, even for adults. God tells a prophet to marry a prostitute, give their children horrible names, and then go back and purchase his wife after she is unfaithful.

How in the world can we teach our kids the story of Hosea?

I was curious to see how the session would go in our own church. At lunch afterwards, I asked our nine-year-old son to tell us what The Gospel Project was about that morning. (See the video treatment of the story below.) Timothy recounted the story of Hosea marrying a woman who didn’t love him and kept running away. “But Hosea just kept going after her,” he said. “He even paid a price to get her back.” Then, he paused: “God’s like that.”

I could have leaped for joy.

That’s what I want my kids to hear in church. Not to focus only on the sensational miracles or the details of the Bible’s stranger stories, but to get the point and recognize what the Bible is telling us about God – who He is and what He is like.

My son wasn’t the only one who got the story. A pastor from Maryland posted this to my FaceBook page:

“There was a very cool moment when [one of our students] had an “aha” moment. He said something along the lines of – ‘Oh, I get it now, I finally get what my mom and dad mean when they say that Jesus paid the price for us on the cross. It’s like how Hosea paid to get Gomer back. And I think Jesus felt sad on the cross the way that Hosea felt about what Gomer was doing to him.’ His eyes lit up and he just kept saying how he got it now, he understands. “

Recently, I was working through Hosea again for a future Gospel Project session for Adults, and once again I discovered how this book wrecks my soul. The vision of God as the spurned Lover, the great and glorious Husband who pursues His bride and willingly pays the price to win her back… it is such a breathtaking picture of God’s great love.

How could we not teach our kids Hosea?

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4 thoughts on ““God’s Like That” – What My Kids Got From Studying Hosea”

  1. Jim says:

    “God’s like that.” I love it! I wish I had received teaching on the tough issues (and tough narratives) in Scripture when I was young. As it was, I spent many hours reading through the Bible as a kid while sitting through long-winded sermons… I remember being fascinated with what I read but not ever asking anyone about it (probably because I thought I would get in trouble for not listening to the sermon).

  2. Peter Mahoney says:

    Trevin, I can’t thank the Gospel Project Team enough for not shying away from the more challenging elements of the Scriptures, especially in the materials published for our kids. Avoiding Bible stories that make us uncomfortable or we deem “inappropriate” for children and youth have brought about catastrophic consequences… biblical illiteracy, at least one (if not 2 or 3) generations that do not know the God of the Bible, and a tragically distorted view of the gospel. Gospel Project is a huge step for stemming the tide and as a pastor, nothing stirs my heart more than knowing with confidence that kids are getting a fuller picture of God and his redemptive work. Bless you!!!

    1. Trevin Wax says:

      Glad we can serve you, Peter!

  3. Melody says:

    That’s so very cool.

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​Trevin Wax is Bible and Reference Publisher at LifeWay Christian Resources and managing editor of The Gospel Project. You can follow him on Twitter or receive blog posts via email. Click here for Trevin’s full bio.

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