THEME: There is nothing we can do which will separate us from God's compassion and love
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The book Hosea was written between 790 and 710 BC by the prophet Hosea. The story is about the relationship between Hosea and his wife, Gomer, and how their lives parallel that of the northern kingdom of Israel. There are several themes in the book of Hosea and I will discuss what I think to be the main one, " there is absolutely nothing we can do which will separate us from God's love and compassion". While the northern kingdom prospers monetarily its morals and spiritual condition is sacrificed. The peoples of the northern kingdom have fallen from God's grace due to their worship of God's other than the one true God. The following text describes my opinions, others opinions, and my observations of the book Hosea.
The book begins with God telling Hosea to marry an adulterous wife . He does this to show the relationship of the Israelites adultery to God by worshipping idols and other God's. Hosea marries Gomer and they have a son. God informs Hosea to name the child Jezreel because he is going to punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel. Later they have a daughter and God tells Hosea to name her Lo-Ruhama which means, not loved, in Hebrew. Once again Hosea and Gomer have a son that God tells Hosea to name Lo-Ammi which means, not my people, in Hebrew. Chapter one ends with God describing how the two nations, Israel and Judah, be reunited under one appointed leader and one God.
Chapter two describes God's feelings towards the nation Israel. He does this by comparing the nation Israel to Hosea's household. He describes how Hosea's wife has been unfaithful to her husband as the nation Israel has been unfaithful to God. He further goes on to describe his plans for the nation Israel and how he is going to let Israel search for Him, through other God's, and the obstacles he'll place in their path to hinder their search. God also declares he will punish the Israelites for forgetting about their one true God. God ends the narration by telling of the restoration of Israel to his favor and the many benefits that will fall upon the nation Israel, once they accept Him as the only God.
Chapters three, four, and five describe Hosea and Gomers reconciliation, Israel's lack of faithfulness and love for God; and God's plan to deal with the people and priests of Israel; respectively. The LORD tells Hosea to love his wife again so he buys her back from a slave market and tells her she must live with and be faithful to him. The LORD is extremely distressed by Israel's lack of love and acknowledgment of His existence. He describes how they have reverted to lying, cheating , stealing, murder, etc. and further fail to follow his word. The priests during this time are not to be let off lightly. God tells how the priests have not spread His message, but rather they've fed off the Israelites sins. God tells how he's going to punish the people of Israel, for their sins, and the priests, for their lack of concern. He closes by saying he will go to his place and not recognize the peoples of Israel until they earnestly seek him out.
In chapter 11 God capsulizes Israel's sins and his judgment against the people. He describes how he chose the Israelites as His people and how he delivered them from slavery in Egypt. During this dissertation he has a change of heart and decides he will not destroy the nation Israel even if they turn from Him. He decides he will force Israel to repent by less destructive means.
In chapter 12 Hosea preaches the Lord's message to the Israelites. He starts by describing Israel's sins against God and how the Israelites wealth has taken them further and further from God's embrace. He talks about how the Israelites will be punished for their sins and...