For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
The breakdown of family values is having a devastating effect on society. Older people are no longer respected by the young, lawlessness abounds, everyone does what they like with no thought for their neighbors, politicians, and the government is viewed as corrupt. The leaders of the church are out of touch, out of mind, and out to lunch. This scenario is not taken from last week’s tabloid newspapers but from the troubled times of the prophet Hosea in the eighth century B.C.
Hosea's prophecy is a book of hope for us today as Michael Eaton shows that God can be trusted to win back the love of his people despite a less than promising outlook. Viewed through the picture-window of his own disastrous marriage, Hosea shows that God's constant love and perfect judgment, when put together, restores his relationship with his Church.
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“The two words together have a balancing effect. What is the good of being faithful if there is no kindness? Some people are so kind they do not tell the truth. They lie to be kind! Others are faithful to the truth but show no kindness. Kindness and faithfulness balance each other.” (Page 64)
“Hosea 3:1–5 does not tell us much, but it hints that Gomer had fallen into slavery; Hosea buys her out of her plight at the market value of a slave.” (Page 55)
“Hosea begins with (1) a call to face the situation and realise God’s wrath is at hand.” (Page 125)
“2. Hosea gives encouraging promises in the name of God (14:4–8).” (Page 196)
“(i) They will experience God’s deprivation (10:5–6a).” (Page 151)