Hosea wrote this book to remind the Israelites that ours is a loving God whose loyalty to His covenant people is unwavering.
In spite of Israel's continual turning to false gods, God's steadfast love is portrayed in the long-suffering husband of the unfaithful wife.
Hosea's message is also one of warning to those who would turn their backs on God's love. Through the symbolic presentation of the marriage of Hosea and Gomer, God's love for the idolatrous nation of Israel is displayed in a rich metaphor in the themes of sin, judgment, and forgiving love.
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SCRIPTURE TEXT (11) | HOSEA
After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
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Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
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O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
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Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
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For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
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But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
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Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
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And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
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I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
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Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.
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