In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus Christ -Yeshua] was in the beginning with God.


The Book of Hosea is the first of the twelve books of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. The name Hosea is a version of the name Hoshea meaning, “He saves”. Hosea ministered to Israel in her last days as a sovereign nation between the reigns of Jeroboam and Hoshea. His ministry continued after Israel’s fall to Assyria. The prophecies of Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah and Micah overlapped in an era from c. 845-670 BC with Hosea c. 758-710 BC.

God used Hosea’s marriage to his adulterous wife, Gomer, as an illustration of God’s marriage to the sinful nation of Israel. Gomer was committing adultery with other men while Israel was committing adultery with other gods, a comparison of physical adultery to spiritual adultery. God commanded Hosea to give his three children names that would reflect God’s coming judgment on Israel in three parts: the end of the kingdom of Israel, no mercy to Israel while showing mercy on Judah, and the rejection of Israel as His people. This was a severe but righteous judgment on a people who utterly rejected God and temple worship. In contrast, Judah would have periods of revival and continue temple worship before finally falling away from God due to disobedience.

Just as Hosea had an unfailing love for Gomer, God had an unfailing love for Israel. Hosea purchased Gomer from the slave market and restored her to himself with mutual faithfulness. God also promised to restore Israel to Himself. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, purchased our redemption with His shed blood on the cross at His first coming. At His second coming, Christ will redeem His church and restore Israel. We have the opportunity today to accept His gift of salvation and receive redemption.

Hosea 1-3: The adultery of Homer’s wife Gomer; names of their children; her redemption from slavery

Hosea 4-13: The adultery of God’s people Israel; God’s judgment and rejection of Israel

Hosea 14: God’s love for Israel; His promise to restore Israel