Hosea is not only a book about God’s love for Israel in the reflection of Hosea’s marriage to Gomer, but it also contains different aspects of God’s personality that is expressed throughout. These are not only aspects of God’s personality, but promises that can be extended to us today.
God is Holy.
Throughout scripture, God is described as holy. He is separate from His creation in majesty and absoluteness. He is to be worshiped alone. In Hosea, He shows the special relationship He has with Israel, yet Israel keeps worshiping false gods. Israel, thus, breaks the covenant between God and them. Because of His holiness, God demands justice. Thus, this is the reason for the disciplining of Israel. The book also tells of a future restoration of Israel. This can be done because of His holiness. He is able to look past sins, once they have been forgiven, and restore Israel into a relationship with Him.
God is also set apart from us due to His holiness. He wants a relationship with us, yet we are sinful. Jesus Christ bridges this gap between us and God. We can have a relationship with God because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. His holiness demands justice for our sin, so Jesus paid that price for us.
“To whom then will you liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal?” say the Holy One. Isaiah 40:25
God is Faithful.
In Hosea’s marriage to Gomer, Hosea was a faithful husband to an unfaithful wife. In the same way, God was a faithful husband to His unfaithful bride, Israel. He continued to seek after Israel, even as Israel would continue to return to pagan gods and foreign security (or so they thought).
Hosea, at one part of the book, bought his wife back after she had run away and been unfaithful. God does the same thing for us. Jesus Christ paid the price for our sinfulness. Israel proves time and time again that she is unfaithful. Yet God continues to prove His faithfulness.
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
God is forgiving love.
Many say that God is love. Yet, He is not just love, but forgiving love. In Hosea, God is willing to forgive Israel even after she has pursued other gods. His love is on in which He wants Israel to desire to worship Him and only Him.
He also has a forgiving love for us as well. God draws us to Him. Then after trusting in Jesus and asking forgiveness for sins, God grants us a relationship with Himself, which is desired by Him as well as us.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious; slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8.
Scripture is full of God’s promises. These are just three that can be found in Hosea. More about God is there if you study deep in the book. God wants us to know Him. He wants us to know that He is holy, faithful, and forgiving love.
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