In our new series we will take a journey overviewing the part of our Bible called the "Minor Prophets". These prophecies are only minor in their length, not in their importance. Far from it. In fact, the small books collected at the end of our OT reveal to us much about the relationship between God and His people. They show us a God of uncompromising holiness and justice, but also a God of unimaginable mercy and love.
Hosea 1:1-3, 2: 14-15, 3:1-3, (CSB)
The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and of Jeroboam son of Jehoash, king of Israel.
Hosea’s Marriage and Children 2When the Lord first spoke to Hosea, he said this to him:
Go and marry a woman of promiscuity, and have children of promiscuity, for the land is committing blatant acts of promiscuity by abandoning the Lord. 3So he went and married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
Therefore, I am going to persuade her, lead her to the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. 15There I will give her vineyards back to her and make the Valley of Achor into a gateway of hope. There she will respond as she did in the days of her youth,
Then the Lord said to me, “Go again; show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.”
2So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and nine bushels of barley. 3I said to her, “You are to live with me many days. You must not be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will act the same way toward you.” as in the day she came out of the land of Egypt.
Take Away: God's love is Redeeming.