This week we dove straight into Hosea. Just like diving into a cold pool on a hot summer day, it was both shocking and refreshing.
Hosea was instructed by God to marry a “wife of whoredom” to illustrate to Israel (and Judah) in shocking fashion the depth of their national depravity and the abomination of their spiritual adultery. If his marriage wasn’t enough, the names God had him give to his children would provide repeated opportunities to reiterate the message God had for his wayward people.
“Hosea! Long time no see. Are these your children?”
“Why yes, they are. Allow me to introduce Bloodshed, No Mercy (we call her Unloved, for short), and Not My People (nicknamed, Not Mine).”
Though these first three chapters are shocking, we also found the blessed refreshment of the gospel in at least three places, and that’s what I want to focus on for our summary today. Continue reading “Week 2: Hosea’s Family, Hosea 1:1-3:5”