Saturday, 30 June 2007

Hosea-more background.

The Messiah of Hosea:
Matthew 2:15 quotes the second half of Hosea 11:1 to show that the Exodus of Israel the nation from Egypt was also a foreshadowing of the Lord Yeshua's exodus from Egypt as a child. Both Israel and Messiah left canaan to escape death, by famine for Israel and Herod's ordering the death of all boys 2 years old and under in Bethlehem.
Keys to Hosea:
Key word-the loyal love of G*D for Israel. The themes of chapters 1-3 echo throughout the rest of the book.
The adultery of Gomer(chapter 1) is a reflection of Israel's infidelity(4-7), the degradation of Gomer(2) reflects G*D's Judgment on Israel(8-10), and Gomer's redemption by Hosea(3) is what G*D promises Israel in restoration(11-14).
Hosea's prophetic message was a mirror of his marriage, he was; faithful, just, loving and forgiving, just as G*D is!
But G*D's Holiness is shown in contrast to Israel's corruption and apostasy. G*D's justice is contrasted to the Northern Kingdom's never having a good king, her lack of justice. G*D's Love is contrasted to Israel's hardness of heart and empty ritual. G*D's loyalty is unconditional and everlasting inspite of Israel's(and ours as individuals and as a nation) sins.
Key verses;
4:1 and 11:7-9
Key chapter;
4 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
Hosea is the Northern Kingdom's Jeremiah, the last call before judgment is consummated. His personal tragedy is a reflection of the national condition. Can we see ourselves here? I can.
But there is still hope, G*D must discipline but HIS Arms are held wide open to the returning prodigal. May we pay heed to HIM!

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