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Hosea was one of the twelve Minor Prophets, but his mission was a bit different than the other prophets. Hosea was called on by God to marry a prostitute and have children by her. She eventually left him to continue on what she was doing before their marriage but God called Hosea to go and get her back and tell her not to prostitute herself anymore. There is no doubt that this was a hard thing for Hosea to do.

God used Hosea’s life as an illustration to His own relationship with Israel. How the whole nation of Israel prostituted themselves to other gods while the Almighty remained faithful to His people.

After realizing their sinful mistakes, Israel repented of their sins saying, “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us: he hath smitten, and he will bind us up” (Hosea 6:1).

“I will heal their backsliding,” God replied, “I will love them freely: for my anger has turned away from him” (Hosea 14:4).

Hosea finishes out his book by telling us, “Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right; he righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them"  (Hosea 14:9).

Contemporary Application

The book of Hosea is still relevant to all people today. It shows the incredible love that God has for us.

I can imagine how hard it must have been for Hosea when his wife left him to go back to prostituting. The pain he felt inside must have been terrible. All he wanted was his wife to be by his side and return the love that he gave her. God made Hosea’s life an example so we can understand how much it hurts Him when we leave Him and how much He wants us to be with Him.

Despite all our sinful ways and evil thoughts, God still loves us. He is faithful to us at all times. He disciplines us when we sin, hoping we will come back to Him. Through it all, His love for us never dies out. It is time to show Him the gratitude He deserves and show Him how much we love Him because He first loved us.

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