Study the following scriptures:
Hosea 1–3. Using the similitude of a faithful husband and an adulterous wife, the prophet Hosea describes the relationship between the Lord and Israel. In these chapters Hosea represents the Lord as the husband, and Gomer represents Israel as the wife.
What does the comparison in Hosea 1–3 teach us about the level of commitment and devotion the Lord expects from us?
Who or what were Israel’s “lovers”—the things that caused the people to turn from the Lord? What things may divert us from our dedication to following the Savior?
Additional reading: The rest of Hosea.