In the message of Hosea, we see the passion of God. We see the jealousy of God, the commitment of God, the heartbreak of God, the enthusiasm of God, the love of God. People often talk about what they feel about God. Hosea tells us what God feels about us. It is the author’s prayer that as we explore the message of Hosea the Spirit of God would reveal God’s passion so that He stirs our passion: our jealousy for God, our commitment to God, our heartbreak at sin, our enthusiasm to serve, our love for the lost.
“But if you turn to God day by day, then God promises you this: joy in the midst of suffering; confidence in the face of guilt; contentment in every circumstance; freedom in the midst of constraint; peace in the midst of problems; love in the midst of rejection; strength in the midst of weakness. Above all, it means eternal life, secure in a new creation where there is no more death or mourning or crying or pain. You can flourish if you turn to God.” (Page 213)
“God describes Israel’s instability and infidelity. He says the nation is like a morning mist (6:4), an overheated oven (7:4), a half-baked loaf (7:8), a deluded old man (7:9), a senseless bird (7:11), a self-preoccupied prayer (7:14) and a faulty bow (7:16).” (Page 115)
“So Hosea was ministering over a 25–30-year period during the third quarter of the eighth century b.c. This means he was active at about the same time as the Prophets Isaiah, Amos and Micah.” (Page 11)
“The faithful remnant came down to just one person—one true Israelite, one true man of God, one true church member. And now even He is dead. And there was no one left. No one.” (Page 108)
“while God cannot be surprised, He can be disappointed. He cannot be thwarted, but He can be heartbroken” (Page 9)