Hosea

Hosea


THEME: There is nothing we can do which will separate us from God's compassion
and love

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in its preparation is fully acknowledged.

PART I

The book Hosea was written between 790 and 710 BC by the prophet Hosea.
The story is about the relationship between Hosea and his wife, Gomer, and how
their lives parallel that of the northern kingdom of Israel. There are several
themes in the book of Hosea and I will discuss what I think to be the main one, ?
there is absolutely nothing we can do which will separate us from God's love and
compassion?. While the northern kingdom prospers monetarily its morals and
spiritual condition is sacrificed. The peoples of the northern kingdom have
fallen from God's grace due to their worship of God's other than the one true
God. The following text describes my opinions, others opinions, and my
observations of the book Hosea.
The book begins with God telling Hosea to marry an adulterous wife . He
does this to show the relationship of the Israelites adultery to God by
worshipping idols and other God's. Hosea marries Gomer and they have a son.
God informs Hosea to name the child Jezreel because he is going to punish the
house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel. Later they have a daughter and God
tells Hosea to name her Lo-Ruhama which means, not loved, in Hebrew. Once again
Hosea and Gomer have a son that God tells Hosea to name Lo-Ammi which means, not
my people, in Hebrew. Chapter one ends with God describing how the two nations,
Israel and Judah, be reunited under one appointed leader and one God.
Chapter two describes God's feelings towards the nation Israel. He does
this by comparing the nation Israel to Hosea's household. He describes how
Hosea's wife has been unfaithful to her husband as the nation Israel has been
unfaithful to God. He further goes on to describe his plans for the nation
Israel and how he is going to let Israel search for Him, through other God's,
and the obstacles he'll place in their path to hinder their search. God also
declares he will punish the Israelites for forgetting about their one true God.
God ends the narration by telling of the restoration of Israel to his favor and
the many benefits that will fall upon the nation Israel, once they accept Him as
the only God.
Chapters three, four, and five describe Hosea and Gomers reconciliation,
Israel's lack of faithfulness and love for God; and God's plan to deal with the
people and priests of Israel; respectively. The LORD tells Hosea to love his
wife again so he buys her back from a slave market and tells her she must live
with and be faithful to him. The LORD is extremely distressed by Israel's lack
of love and acknowledgment of His existence. He describes how they have
reverted to lying, cheating , stealing, murder, etc. and further fail to follow
his word. The priests during this time are not to be let off lightly. God
tells how the priests have not spread His message, but rather they've fed off
the Israelites sins. God tells how he's going to punish the people of Israel,
for their sins, and the priests, for their lack of concern. He closes by saying
he will go to his place and not recognize the peoples of Israel until they
earnestly seek him out.
In chapter 11 God capsulizes Israel's sins and his judgment against the
people. He describes how he chose the Israelites as His people and how he
delivered them from slavery in Egypt. During this dissertation he has a change
of heart and decides he will not destroy the nation Israel even if they turn
from Him. He decides he will force Israel to repent by less destructive means.
In chapter 12 Hosea preaches the Lord's message to the Israelites. He
starts by describing Israel's sins against God and how the Israelites wealth has
taken them further and further from God's embrace. He talks about how the
Israelites will be punished for their sins and that God will repay them, in-kind,
for their goodness. He tells Israel they must return to God's favor or judgment
will be upon them. His inclusion of Jacob in the reasons for Israel's downfall
are also described in chapter 12. He believes since Jacob is His prophet he
should also be held accountable for the sins of Israel. He also describes what
is going to happen to Gillead because of their wickedness and sacrificing of
bulls. The chapter closes as Hosea tells