Hosea 1

Vs. 2, “When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord.”  Question: So what is the deal with Gomer (vs. 3)?  Hosea’s wife is mentioned to be an adulterous wife.  While biblical scholars debate whether or not she was a prostitute before marriage or became one after, we must remember the original intent.  Hosea’s marriage to Gomer was to be a living illustration of how God’s people were treating their relationship with Him.  Gomer would leave Hosea and commit adultery.  Just like Israel would turn their attention to the world.  It’s also surprising that their three children would have such ominous names to represent the condition of Israel (vs. 4-9).  Yet, in spite of the prophecies of judgment, we see Hosea give them a message/prophecy of amazing hope (vs. 10-11).  God will one day bring His people to be united again and ultimately the one leader (vs. 11) points to the Messiah!

Regarding application…A Faithful God.  Vs. 11, “The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.”  Question: How does God show His faithfulness?  Recently on Facebook, I’ve noticed a few of my good friends having children and proudly posting their beautiful babies!  That reminds me what joy a child can bring to a family.  I want you to imagine you will have a baby, but before you even have that baby you are given the knowledge that child will grow to despise and hate you!  Would you still go through the process of wanting that child?  That’s kind of a small example of what is going on here with God’s relationship with Israel.  We could also use the example of finding the love of your life and getting ready to marry them only to have the knowledge that they will cheat on you and leave you.  Will you still marry them?  Despite, the knowledge of sadness and tough times ahead, God’s promises and faithfulness shine brightly for a people who are living in sin.  God is faithful even when we are not.  Let that be a huge reminder that this truth is not taken for granted.

Introduction – Hosea

The book of Hosea begins our journey into the section which we call “minor prophets”.  Don’t misunderstand, the word minor should not connote lesser importance.  Each of the minor prophets had a very concise message that spoke of a prophecy.   The prophet Hosea lived during the times of the Divided Kingdom (753 B.C. – 725 B.C.).  The name Hosea is translated to the word “salvation”.  Hosea’s message was directed primarily to the Northern Kingdom.  It was a time of relative prosperity.  However, there was the sin factor that was eating away at Israel.  Israel was unfaithful and Hosea gives us a unique perspective.  God would have Hosea marry Gomer as a living illustration to the broken relationship with His people.  Hosea was used by God to warn Israel of their spiritual decline and sadly lived to see the day the Assyrians would come and invade the Northern Kingdom.  The book of Hosea gives us insight into incredible grace of God.