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What does God teach us in the book of Hosea?

What does God teach us in the book of Hosea?

Hosea was a prophet to Israel, the northern Kingdom, from 753 -715 BC. His life becomes a visual aid for the northern Kingdom.

Hosea and his wife

God told Hosea to take a wife, who was a prostitute, her name was Gomer. She had children with Hosea, and God gave the names for those children: Jezreel because God was going to punish Israel for the massacre at Jezreel; Lo-Ruhamah meaning not loved, as God warns them that God will no longer show love to Israel; Lo-Ammi which means not my people, as God said “You are not my people and I am not your God.

Israel guilty of prostitution

After a while Gomer leaves him to return to prostitution and God tells Hosea to find her and redeem her to be his wife again. Hosea tells Israel that they are guilty of prostitution in that God had redeemed them to be a people for Himself and though for a while they loved and served Him, they gradually drifted away and worshipped and served idols, forgetting the God who bestowed His love upon them.

Various trials

They were oppressing and enslaving the poor. God sent various trials upon them, including drought and defeat by their enemies He had sent prophets to warn Israel of the consequences of rebelling against God and calls them to turn back and worship Him. The northern Kingdom never returned to the Lord, and finally were taken into captivity by Assyria.

Turning back to God

Chapter 14 is a message of blessing for repentance and turning back to God asking Him for their sin and waywardness. Hosea teaches us how merciful God is toward His people, even toward those who have wandered far away from Him, He calls out to them to return to Him, repent and seek His face. There are always consequences for sin, but God’s love never fails.

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Also read What does God teach us in Malachi? or Why did God tell Hosea to marry a prostitute?

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Marten Visser

Marten Visser

Marten Visser (1971), experienced a call from the Lord to be a missionary while in Kindergarten. He received M.Div., Th.M. in Missiology, M.A. in cultural anthropology degrees and a Ph.D. degree in Theology. In 2000 he became a church planting missionary in Thailand with OMF, together with his wife Esther. In 2015 he returned to the Netherlands where he founded GlobalRize. He continues to serve as GlobalRize’s director of evangelism.

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What does God teach us in the book of Hosea?