Hey y’all! So the new book that I will write about in about 4 posts is the book of Hosea. Hosea is one of my favorite books and my testimonial verse is actually within this book, and I will explain why when we get to that chapter which will not be for a few days. An important thing to understand about Hosea is that his life was to represent Israel. Who he marries and the names of his children reflect so. Since I already posted about the Kings, it is nice to understand when he was alive. He was alive while Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah was reigning over Judah and Jeroboam II was reigning over Israel. So he dies while one of the best kings was reigning over Judah, but he was living in Israel where wickedness was still ruling. So just remember that Hosea represents Israel.
So the first thing that we learn about Hosea is about his wife, and his children. Of course his wife and his children have HUGE symbolic meaning to Israel. God told Hosea to marry a whore, because Israel was whoring by forsaking the LORD. So Hosea openly knows that he is committing himself to a whore. Now we get to the name of his children. First his wife bore a son which God told him to name Jezreel, because God is going to punish the house of Jehu in Israel for Jezreel’s blood and Israel would end. Next his wife bore a daughter and God told Hosea to name her ‘No Mercy’ because God will have no mercy on the house of Israel and he wont forgive them, BUT he will forgive the house of Judah. Hosea’s last son was named ‘Not My People’ because God did not see Israel as his people any longer. So I would say that God was obviously not happy about Israel. God does tell Hosea after his children are born and all that one day all the people of Israel and the people of Judah would raise up together and they will have someone over them.
Chapter 2 is a long, long prophecy that God tells Hosea. The prophecy tells of the punishment that is to come to Israel. If you read through this chapter the “her” is Israel. Remember that God called Israel out for whoring, and most nations are referred to as feminine. God tells of how he will surround Israel so that they cannot escape. The prophecy said, “’I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths,’” Hosea 2:6. The people of Israel used all that God had given them and blessed them with to worship false gods like Baal. He will make Israel regret all that they did, even though God had told them many times that they were wrong and he punished them and then gave them mercy, so this would be the last punishment for them. After the prophecy goes on about this the prophecy continues on to what is the mercy that God gives them to later. God says that after he gives them mercy that the Israelites will be as loyal as they were when Moses lead them out of Egypt. He wrote that he would treat them with, “’steadfast love in mercy,’” Hosea 2:19. He exclaimed through Hosea, “’And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth, and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel, and I will sow her for myself in the land. And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people,’ and he shall say, ‘You are my God,’” Hosea 2:21-23. So all of Hosea’s children’s names that represented the problems of Israel were redeemed.
So chapter 3 we return our focus to Hosea’s wife. Now his wife represented the whoredom of Israel, so when he married her he was automatically forgiving her old ways. In chapter 3 we learn that his wife began to whore around again, and God told Hosea to take her back even after she was having affairs with other men. Hosea is representing God in this analogy, because Hosea took back his wife even though he had already forgiven her, and then she returned to her old ways and he forgives her AGAIN. God forgave Israel before and then they went back to being evil, and God forgave them AGAIN. The wife has to commit herself to Hosea like how Israel had to promise to commit herself to God again when God gave them mercy again.
Chapter 4 is another long prophecy. It describes more of how Israel has, “’no faithfulness or steadfast love; and no knowledge of God in the land,’” Hosea 4:1. Israel is breaking all of the commandments of the land. Israel forgot Him so He will forget them. He says, “’They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but no multiply, because they have forsaken the LORD to cherish,’” Hosea 4:10. He will make their glory shame again because they do not glorify Him. He wants Israel to make sure not to affect Judah in their evil ways (we know because of 2 Kings that it does not happen).
Hosea is one big allegory of Israel.