A wanton and adulterous woman repeatedly spurns the love of her youth. Her betrayed and grieving husband offers forgiveness and seeks to restore the intimacy of their first love.
Bold imagery indeed for telling the story of God and his people. Bolder still when God calls a prophet to enflesh this divine suffering and redeeming forgiveness in his own marriage. Yet this remarkable story sets the stage for Hosea's message of God's enduring love, his righteous judgement and his persistent offer of reconciliation.
This commentary explores the historical, cultural, literary and theological dimensions of the book of Hosea. Distilled from a career of biblical scholarship, theological reflection and masterful teaching, David Hubbard has been studying, teaching and thinking about Hosea for a long time. He frankly admits he can't imagine himself "as a human being, let alone as a believing person, without the deposit of Hosea's political, moral and spiritual insights."
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“With the naming of the third child the signs of judgment have reached their climax. ‘Not my people’ signals a total change in God’s relationship to Israel: the waywardness of the nation has effectively annulled the covenant; the son’s name not only described how Israel had behaved—as if they did not belong to Yahweh—but also declared God’s response of separating himself from them.” (Page 72)
“Guideline one: The account of Hosea’s experiences is literal not allegorical.” (Page 59)
“Guideline three: When Gomer married Hosea she was an ordinary Israelite woman who later became an adulteress and a prostitute.” (Page 61)
“Chronologically, Hosea would follow Amos by a few years (see Date, below) but logically he deserves first place. His is the longest book. But more than that it is theologically the most complete. It embraces the great prophetic themes of covenant, judgment and hope. It describes the personal relationship between Yahweh and the prophet more amply than any of its eleven companions. Its biographical lessons prepare the way for Jonah, as its magnificent interplay of judgment and hope anticipates Joel, Micah, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.” (Page 23)
“Jezreel (v. 11) begins, then, the sequence in which the name of each child is transformed from a sign of judgment to a sign of grace. The names were coined with this reversal in mind: (1) Jezreel is deliberately ambiguous—God will both scatter in judgment and sow in restoration (see on v. 4); and (2) beginning the other two names with ‘not’ meant that their negative force could be removed with the stroke of a pen—which is precisely what happens in 2:1.” (Page 76)