Quick Intro to Hosea

Hosea was a prophet mainly to the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II. He was a contemporary of Isaiah. Hosea was asked by God to marry a prostitute, who was unfaithful to him, as a sign of God’s breaking relationship with the northern kingdom of Israel. Hosea calls Israel a cake not turned (unbalanced), a deceitful bow (will not work for the purpose they were established) and a silly dove (unable to be turned). He likes the faithfulness of Israel to an evaporating morning dew. But he also shows the faithfulness of God being constant as the sun rises day by day. He shows us Christ being called out of Egypt and reveals that God is constant, like an evergreen tree, in the midst of the fickleness of Israel and Judah.

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