The following is yet another excerpt of a book which we have recently completed about teaching the Bible which focuses on some techniques that may be little known and are certainly seldom practiced today. Here we present “Teaching Hosea,” Enjoy!
Taken from “Hosea: A teacher’s guide for those who are lead to teach the book of Hosea”
With these teaching tools in your tool belt, it is now time to approach Hosea. The following sections are tools designed to acquaint you with the prophet and the world in which he lived. It is by no means exhaustive and is no substitute for your own investigation on the subject.
Keep in mind that teaching the Word of God is not a journalistic exercise, nor is it similar to writing an academic paper. As such, there are no formal rules with regards to citing your sources or using previous academic work to support your statements. In fact, citing sources in an attempt to gain credibility with your class may have just the opposite effect.
The Word of God is its own authority, and you, who have humbly submitted yourself to guide the class through the Word of God, will speak on its authority to the degree that you allow the Holy Spirit to operate both in your life and in the class that you are guiding.
It will be obvious to all when you state an opinion that is purely your own, and you should not be afraid to speak into the class that which you are lead to say simply because you cannot find it cited somewhere else. For what you are to speak is something new, and many may be healed by what you say at the Lord’s direction. Again I say, do not be afraid to speak it.
The setting and character development which will greatly enrich the class can and must be investigated both inside and outside of the Bible. The Bible did not take place in a vacuum, and neither should your teaching of the Bible take place in a vacuum. There is a wealth of information being discovered today which is serving to support the Biblical narrative as God’s creation bears witness to His Word. It is your job as the teacher to investigate and bring what is required of this information to your class.
The balance of this book is a summary of my own investigation into Hosea, and I pray that it will supplement your own study of Hosea. You are free to use of it what you deem appropriate for your specific audience.