Hosea 2014

Hosea

By the eighth century BCE, Israel had divided into two kingdoms and the Northern Kingdom had fallen into idolatry, injustice and violence. Hosea was a prophet sent to the Northern Kingdom just before the Assyrians destroyed it and sent ten tribes into exile.

Hosea's life and prophecy was conducted through his marriage to a prostitute. In this, he mirrored God and His marriage to Israel. One can see God's heartbreak as the beloved Ephraim descended from the heights to which it had been raised after the Exodus.

The final straw in God's eyes was when the priests and leadership, the government of Israel, began to prey on the people. The rampant injustice was too much for God any longer to tolerate.

  • Hosea 1-2
    Hosea prophesying as Israel's northern kingdom was about to go into exile. His message is that Ephraim had broken God's heart by lapsing into idolatry, injustice and violence.
  • Hosea 3-4
    God's complaint against the leadership of Israel, the priests and the king.
  • Hosea 5-7
    A continuation of God's indictment of the leadership of Israel. The government is preying on the people.
  • Hosea 8-9
    In their fear, the leadership of Israel cries out to God. God does not listen to their prayers.
  • Hosea 10
    Using the metaphor of agriculture, the prophet explains that the more physically fruitful Israel was, the more spiritually barren they became.
  • Hosea 11-14
    The lure of idols lies in the human desire for works salvation. We think that the busier we become, the holier we get. False gods pander to that desire.