God tells the prophet, Hosea, to take a harlot for his wife.  Even after her adulterous affairs, Hosea takes her back.  This object lesson depicts the love God has for Israel, his forgiveness and restoration. The book relates God account of Israel’s sins and the harsh punishment she will have to bear, even though He continues to love and woe her.  It is a fair depiction of God’s love for each of us. The first three chapters relate to Hosea’s family life. Then they change to Israel’s sin and how she played the “harlot” but God’s love will still rescue her.

Chap. 1:10-11  In spite of all, God promises unification.  They will come back to him.  Jezreel means “God plants.”

Chap. 2:8-13 sins of materialism, sex and idolatry, un-thankfulness, “she decked herself with rings and jewelry and went after her lovers, but me she forgot.”  How sad!  What are we doing to make us forget him?         14-20  God’s plans to woo her back   23 Is this talking about drawing Gentiles to himself?  If it is, that’s me, and I’m saying, “Yes, Lord, you are my God!”

Chap. 3  Hosea buys Gomer back.  He pays 15 pieces of silver and some barley.  Fifteen pieces of silver was half the price of a slave, and barley was food for the animals.  That shows to what low estate Gomer had fallen.  He bought her back out of the humiliation she had willingly gone into. I’m sure you have seen pictures of beautiful girls “before” compared to their “after” pics – the change from several years of drug addiction. This is Gomer “after.”

Chap. 4:4-9   Verse 6 is an oft quoted verse generally used to chastise people for not seeking God in prayer and Bible reading.  This no doubt is true, but the verse is in the middle of a tirade against the priests and prophets not teaching the people. Note that  the verse continues: “because you  – my priest  – have rejected knowledge, …”  So why did the people not have knowledge?  Because the priests rejected knowledge.  Preachers of our day, God will not take it lightly when you fail to pass on the knowledge God gives to you.  You do not have editorial rights over God’s message.    Verse 9 says they, people and priests, will both be punished so ignorance is not justification for sin.

Chap. 5:10  “leaders move boundaries”  Do our leaders continually “move boundaries” (compromise) to keep people happy?  13 caution against looking to others for help  15   “in their misery they will seek me”  Do you seek God when everything goes well or when things get miserable?  Perhaps misery is a gift of God to warn of spiritual sickness, just as pain is a warning of physical sickness.  (Boy, I just went against a lot of theological thought with that statement!)

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. judyjourneys says:

    Oneta, have you read REDEEMING LOVE by Francine River?. It is a wonderful (in my opinion) retelling of the book of Hosea.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, Judy, I have. I do have it as a footnote tomorrow. A most worthy fiction book. Francine Rivers, great author. Thanks for this recommendation. I believe I will re-read.

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I agree: “misery is a gift of God to warn of spiritual sickness”.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you for the comment. God certainly would not give peace to one who is spiritual sick. Well, maybe the one who has been turned over to a “reprobate” mind.

  3. Did you ever read Frances River’s book Redeeming Love— it is based on hosea’s story— a great book!!
    The Sheriff is spending the day with us but is currently napping so I got to sneak over to your class 🥰

    • oneta hayes says:

      😀 Did you enjoy your Sheriff today. Where is the Mayor? It is nice to have them one at a time, isn’t it?

      • The sheriff is spending the better part of the week with our daughter in law’s mother since his classroom has been sent home for 20 days due to two gets testing positive in his room— he tested negative but did have a fever last week — the doctor said it was just fine sort of regular virus 🙄
        We went and got him for the day, taking him swimming etc-
        Once we took him back, he had a fit and did not want to stay with them-/
        I think it hurt their feelings and hurt mine that I just didn’t take him back with us— ode to balance— the mayor meanwhile can do to daycare as her room is so far healthy

  4. Ok, just read the comments— you’ve read it! Told you I can be a bit slow 🤓

  5. Faye says:

    Thank you. Returning to Hosea Is a great journey and reminder of how much compromise continues to intrude on scriptures instructions. Book Redeeming Love was given to me as a gift when I was studying Hosea years ago. What a memory! This is a valuable teaching journey for us all.

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