Today, we are beginning a 4-part study through the book of Hosea as we continue our series of teachings through the Minor Prophets. The book of Hosea is very much an object lesson where Hosea was to play the part of faithful God, while his wife was to play the part of unfaithful Israel. At a time when financial and economic success was on the rise, there was rapid decline in the morality and spirituality of Israel. God therefore calls Hosea to not only speak on His behalf, but to demonstrate through his own life what was presently taking place between God and Israel. The love that God had for His unfaithful people would need to be love that Hosea demonstrates to his unfaithful wife.
In chapters 1-3 this week, the scene is set where we are introduced to Hosea and his family situation, in preparation for God’s Word to Israel in the chapters that follow.