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This is a series of studies and outlines presented weekly on the Minor Prophets that I trust will prove helpful, beginning at Hosea.

A PROPHETIC ILLUSTRATION

HOSEA 1

This is quite a unique and telling personal story of how God called upon a man who was His servant to marry a prostitute. There are those that are of the opinion that she was not such when Hosea married her but that she had a spirit of prostitution in her when they were joined together as man and wife and this unfaithfulness was to reveal itself later in the marriage. It was purposed that this would serve as an illustration and a poignant revelation of Jehovah in relationship with His covenant people – v2. It can be appreciated, it was to turn out to be a very demanding and painful experience for His servant but he was ready to respond to the direction. In the first revelation three children are to be born to Gomer, whether they were Hosea’s children one is not clear but he showed his responsibility in spite of her waywardness and wickedness. The naming of the children was to convey important messages on a wider front to the nation.

1/. THE FIRST CHILD IS CALLED JEZREEL — ‘GOD SOWS’ — vv3-5

The simple meaning in the name was ‘God sows’, at this particular point, in judgment. The northern part of the nation was to know the severe hand of God in bringing desolation which affects their union. Because of her wicked whoredom she is to experience great punishment. The time has come when the inevitable has to occur. It is to suffer because of the way she has behaved and is represented in what the monarchy had done.

2/. THE SECOND CHILD IS CALLED LO-RUHAMAH — ‘NOT LOVED vv6.7

This child was an expression of the awful truth of not being wanted and loved. Possibly the worst thing in life is not to be loved and wanted and it must be a terrible thing to sense and feel and to cope with. It could well have been that she was a child of prostitution and Gomer was not really bothered about her birth or existence and even Hosea may not have been very profuse in affection. The truth is, God is saying to His people, “you have forfeited my love by your doings, taking yourself out of my covenant and covering”.

3/. THE THIRD CHILD IS CALLED LO-AMMI – ‘NOT MY PEOPLE.’ vv8,9

This would kind of suggest ‘divorce.’ The birth of this child was the last straw. Hosea had no alternative seemingly but to part company and send her away. She is to be rejected and left to face the music of her carrying on with other men. Israel is to be sent into slavery to learn a hard and bitter lesson.

CLIMAX

But it is not to end like this. The love and grace of God is to break out in a greater manner and measure and restore the broken relationship between the two parts of the nation and make them one again and one with Himself – vv10-11. A miracle is to occur later on that will deal with this sordid situation and effect a pure and true union and where the names are to take on new meaning. God sows in blessing and where they will be ‘My people’ and ‘the one l love.’

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