Hosea

Recorded October 30th 2012.

Hosea prophesied in the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the last years of King Jeroboam II, 786-746 BC. Central to his life and preaching was his unfortunate marriage to Gomer, who was unfaithful to him. He used his own experience as an image of God’s relationship to Israel:  Israel has also been unfaithful to her covenant with God, and yet God will always be faithful, and will woo her back from her infidelity with the idols of other nations, and of ruthless oppression of the poor.

This image of God’s relationship to his chosen people as a husband to a wife recurs elsewhere in Scripture, in the Song of Songs and also in the New Testament, most notably in Ephesians, where we find the language of “husbands love your wives as Christ loves the Church.”

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