Hosea Week 2: Hosea’s Family


I struggled this week, I confess.  At one point I had no idea what I was going to say today.  Informationally, I had no idea what I could add to Adrienne’s excellent overview last week, the video, and the study guide!  The first three chapters of Hosea are so in-your-face!  Last week Adrienne told us that this book was going to be potentially difficult because we live in a culture that celebrates and normalizes sin.  We have been almost desensitized to the severity of our rebellion against God.  But, I heard once that to really know the weight of sin, you need only to look at the punishment required.  And because the punishment was the death of the innocent Son of God on my behalf, I am overwhelmed at the depth and ugliness of my sin.

And yet,

because of that innocent Son of God, Jesus, I stand before you as one with unending, unconquerable hope.  Because he died for me, rose again, and covered me with his righteous standing before the Father, I do not stay overwhelmed with guilt.  Instead, I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for my Savior, able to approach him and his word without fear of what I will find there.

So this morning, I want to briefly walk through three things we can learn about God as we observe how he deals with Israel both under the terms of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.

  1. God does not ask us to suffer without purpose.
  2. God does not leave us alone in our distress or discipline.
  3. God is persistent in his pursuit of his people.

First, God does not ask us to suffer without purpose, ever.  In chapter 1, God tells Hosea to knowingly take a wife who will be unfaithful to him.  Why?  It seems illogical and unwise.  But right there in verse 2, God begins to reveal that Hosea and Gomer’s marriage is going to be a visual aid of sorts to the people.  It is going to be an example to the people of their own relationship with God.  The betrayal by unfaithful  Gomer of generous, faithful Hosea is a very “in-your-face” display of what Israel has been doing for thousands of years.

The second thing we see is that while we are suffering, or being disciplined, God walks with us.  He does not leave us alone in our distress or discipline.  Look at Chapter 2, verses 14 and 15.

Therefore, behold, I will allure her,

and bring her into the wilderness,

and speak tenderly to her.

And there I will give her her vineyards

and make the Valley of Achor a door of


And there she shall answer as in the days of

her youth,

as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.

These words – allure, bring, speak – they are all words that indicate an active, intimate presence.  He is not going to send Israel away to the wilderness, he is going to bring her there with him.  He will remain there with her, speaking gently.  Just as God does not discipline us or ask us to suffer without purpose, he also does not leave us to endure it alone.

The third thing we see is that He is persistent!  Israel has been rejecting him, and breaking their covenant with him for thousands of years.  Even here, he is warning them of what is coming, pleading with them to repent, calling them back to him.  Look at verses 2 and 3 of chapter 2.

Plead with your mother, plead –

for she is not my wife,

and I am not her husband –

that she put away her whoring from her face,

and her adultery from between her breasts,

lest I strip her naked,

and maker as in the day she was born,

and make her like a wilderness,

and make her like a parched land,

and kill her with thirst.

But he knows.  Judgment will come, because  Israel – and we – are sinful, rebellious, arrogant people who are often too big for our britches.  And he tells them this, uses Hosea and Gomer to display it.

But he also shows that his plan is not wrecked!  Look at verses 16-23:

And in that day, declares the Lord, you will call me “My Husband,” and no longer will you call me “My Baal..  For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more.  And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground.  And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety.  And I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.  I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.  And you shall know the Lord.

And in that day I will answer, declares the


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.”

In that day.

That day.

Prophecy is kinda tricky.  Sometimes it is fulfilled in one instance, sometimes is has a first fulfillment with a greater or ultimate fulfillment to come.  I think that this is what we see here.  Israel will begin returning from exile in 538 BC.  And then again, God’s people are returned, through faith in Jesus’ work on the cross, and ultimately we will be restored to full fellowship with him in the New Heaven and the New Earth.  God WILL fully redeem his chosen people, and live in right, full relationship with them, and there is nothing any of us can do to thwart that plan.

Praise God we are partners with him , through Christ’s completed work on the cross, in the new covenant of faith, that we CAN have full assurance of our salvation and that we have been given the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us!

I know we have already sung this song this year.  but all week it has been going through my head, so I am going to just recite the lyrics as my closing prayer.  As you go back into your groups for discussion and prayer, Take a moment and let the weight of your sin sink in, and then rejoice in the freedom from it you have been given in Christ.  Pray for that freedom to be constantly brought to mind as you wrestle with God’s word and learn more and more about him.

I will glory in My Redeemer

Whose priceless blood has ransomed me.

Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails

And hung him on that judgment tree.

I will glory in my Redeemer

who crushed the power of sin and death.

My only Savior before the holy judge.

The Lamb who is my righteousness,

The Lamb who is my righteousness.


I will glory in my Redeemer

My life he bought, my love he owns

I have no longings for another

I’m satisfied in Him alone

I will glory in my Redeemer

His faithfulness my standing place

Though foes are mighty and rush upon me

My feet are firm held by his grace

My feet are firm held by his grace


I will glory in my redeemer

Who carries me on eagles’ wings.

He crowns my life with loving-kindness

His triumph song I’ll ever sing.

I will glory in my Redeemer

Who waits for me at gates of gold.

And when he calls me, it will be paradise

His face forever to behold

HIs face forever to behold.

Lord Jesus, remind us of where you have brought us out from, not so that we feel the guilt and shame, but so that we glory in what your power has accomplished in us.

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