Hosea, Joel, Amos (2)
Hosea 1 - 3
What does the text say? – Hosea was a prophet during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah and Jereboam in Israel. The Lord told Hezekiah to marry a prostitute, because His people had prostituted themselves with other gods. His son was to be named Jezreel, because the Lord would bring the kingdom of Israel to an end in the valley of Jezreel. Hosea’s next child was a daughter who the Lord named ‘no mercy’ because He would have no mercy on Israel, yet He would have mercy on Judah. Hosea’s next son indicated God’s alienation from Israel until He gathered them with the people of Judah. Although the Lord’s people were unfaithful to Him and disregarded the difficulties He put in their chosen way of adultery towards Him with idols, yet He would accept them when they returned to Him, and He would show them righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion; then they would recognise His faithfulness and accept His rule in their lives. At that time they will be His people and He will be their God. God told Hosea to buy his wife back from her prostitution and tell her she must stop her prostitution and have no intercourse with anyone, even him, for some time – because Israel would be without a king, or any form of worship, for a long time before they returned to the Lord their God.
Application? – Have I allowed anyone or anything to have more control of my life than Almighty God? Could the Lord have left me ‘in the wilderness’ to determine whether or not I am truly faithful to Him or not?