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Dr. June Normil
Hosea prophesied to the northern kingdom of Israel during the final decades before the capital city of Samaria fell to Assyria in 722 B. C. and the people were taken into exile (see 2 Kings 17:1-23). Note that Israel was separate from the southern kingdom of Judah, which fell to the Babylonians in 586 B.C. (see Kings 25:1-26). The Book of Hosea illustrates Israel's sinfulness by setting up the prophet's family situation as an object lesson of the people's spiritual adultery. God called Hosea to marry an adulterous woman named Gomer (Hosea 1:1-3). Adultery violates marriage, and God often likened His relationship with Israel to a marriage (see Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 3:14; Ephesians 5:22-32). Idolatry such as the worship of Baal represented infidelity to God. In the same way, all sin violates a believer's relationship with Him. Hosea's first son name Jezreel, is a reminder of the excessive violence that took place. Through Jezreel, God reminded Israel that they would no longer be a nation. Hosea's second child, a daughter name Lo-Ruhamah, means "not loved." God would no longer show love to Israel, but instead send them away in judgment. Hosea's third son was Lo-Ammi, meaning "not my people." God disowned Israel because of their chronic unfaithfulness in seeking other gods. Even amid this harsh illustration, however, we see hope for restoration. In Hosea 2:1-13 we find a rebuke of Hosea's wife was estranged from his unfaithful wife. Similarly, God had disowned Israel. God had been patient with Israel, withholding judgment many times as they immersed themselves in the worship of other gods. But grace and justice do not contradict. Israel had continually turned from God in favor of worthless idols.
A HUSBAND'S LOVE ( HOSEA 2:14 through 3:5)
A FATHER'S LOVE ( Hosea 11:1-11)
In many ways, relationships are at the heart of who we are as human beings. Most people cherish the bonds they have with those who are closest to them. God has lovingly and graciously chosen to allow us to enjoy a relationship with Him. Despite our sin, He invites us to seek Him for forgiveness, spiritual healing, and eternal life. Take a moment to think about what a relationship with God means to you. Relate your answer to the characteristics of human relationships like marriage and parenting: fidelity, trust, patience, love, etc. How does your life reflect the value you place on your relationship with God? In what ways might that relationship sir the hearts of the lost around you who are looking for hope and purpose? Pray that God will help you reflect the joy and hope of your Christian walk to the people you meet every day.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb. 2016-17 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil