The Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets) 04: Hosea (2) Infidelity
The Book of the Twelve: Hosea 2 (“minor prophets” part 4)
Dr. Gregg Strawbridge, Minister
Hosea 1:10-11 -Yet the number of the sons of Israel Will be like the sand of the sea, Which cannot be measured or numbered; And in the place Where it is said to them, “You are not My people,” It will be said to them, “You are the sons of the living God.” 1:11 And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be gathered together, And they will appoint for themselves one leader, And they will go up from the land, For great will be the day of Jezreel. Hosea 2:7 - Then she will say, “I will go back to my husband, because I was better off then than I am now.” 3:1-2 - The LORD said to me, “Go, show love to your wife again, even though she loves another man and continually commits adultery. Likewise, the LORD loves the Israelites although they turn to other gods and love to offer raisin cakes to idols.” 3:2 So I paid fifteen shekels of silver and about seven bushels of barley to purchase her.
Notes: Hosea took a “wife of Adultery” (Gomer) and children with symbolic names: Jezreel, Lo-Ruhamah (MerciLess), Lo-Ammi (I AM not I AM). Despite the warnings and chastisement, God is a covenant keeping Lord and the Israelites will again be like the sand on the seashore in fulfillment of the Lord’s irrevocable promise to Abraham (Gen. 22:17; 32:12). In the same place where Israel heard the words not My people (cf. Hosea 1:9) they will be called sons of the living God (1:10ff). God called Hosea to be like Himself, to redeem her again (3:1). The nation that suffered defeat at Jezreel and was called “not loved” and “not My people” will take part in the great “day of Jezreel” and hear the Lord say, “My people” and “[My] loved one.” The covenant promises to Abraham (of numerous descendants) and David (of eternal kingship) will be fulfilled when the covenant ideal predicted by Moses will be realized.See the Mercy of God that He has mercy on those who are by nature “Merciless” and loves the orphan.
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more