The Book of Hosea

The Book of Hosea

The Book of Hosea
By Richard St.James
Bible 1611.Com / Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2023

Hosea, chapter one:

Verse one: “The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.”

The word of the LORD

The word of the LORD is TRUTH: T-R-U-T-H:

·         “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” [John 17:17] 

·         “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  [John 8:32]

This BOOK is herein identified: It is the Authorized Bible of 1611, or any of its editions!  It is the word of God in the English language!

 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”  [Psalm12: 6-7]


At this point the word of the LORD by Hosea begins .

Hosea, the son of Beeri, (Osee)

Note: The word of God came to a man.  [There are men called of God.] 

This man was called to be a Seer or a prophet.  What is a seer?  A SEER sees into the future.   For this we reference the First Book of Samuel, chapter nine, verse nine:

“(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)” [1 Samuel 9:9]

God reveals himself to a man by the word of God.  This is seen in the calling of a prophet in the First Book of Samuel, chapter three, verse twenty-one:

“And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD” [1 Samuel 3:21]  

Note here: the revelation of God is by the word of God.

There is something else that is to be seen here.   A prophet is a man that has God’s words put into his mouth that he shall speak.

Deuteronomy 18:18: “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”

[Note: This particular Prophet spoken of here is none other but Jesus Christ.]

Thus, we have the word of God coming unto Hosea, the son of Beeri.

The SEER has God’s words put his mouth that he shall speak!

The four kings of Judah

Hosea was cotemporary to these four Judean kings.

  1. Uzziah
  2. Jotham
  3. Ahaz
  4. Hezekiah


  1. Uzziah [the son of Amaziah] was king of Judah in Hosea’s day.

2 Chronicles 26:1: “Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.”

Uzziah did right before the LORD till he was strong:

2 Chronicles 26:16: “But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.”

  1. Next, Jotham [the son of Uzziah] was also king of Judah in Hosea’s day.

2 Chronicles 27:2: “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.”

  1. Then next, Ahaz became king of Judah also in Hosea’s day. 2 Kings 15:38: “And Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.”

Ahaz did wrong!

2 Kings 16:2: “Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.”

  1. The last Judean king during Hosea’s ministry was Hezekiah.

2 Kings 16:20: “And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.”

Hezekiah did right in the sight of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 29:2: “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.”

Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

Hosea was also cotemporary to Jeroboam a king of Israel.  [Note: Do not confuse this Jeroboam with the Jeroboam of the son of Nebat.]

2 Kings 13:13: “And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam sat upon his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.” 

Now, Jeroboam did evil in the sight of the LORD.

2 Kings 14:24: “And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.”

Thus, we see here that Hosea’s ministry spanned these five kings.

Before we proceed to verse two, we need to consider something rather heavy: What will it will cost us to love and to obey God?

It is that we will suffer affliction!

·         Moses considered the cost, and nevertheless he went ahead, and obeyed God: “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” [Hebrews 11:25]   Moses loved God, and therefore, suffered affliction.

·         David considered the cost, and nevertheless he went ahead, and obeyed God: “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” [Psalm 119:67] It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” [Psalm 119:67] 

·         David loved God, and therefore, suffered affliction.

·         Jesus Christ considered the cost, and nevertheless he went ahead, and obeyed God.  It is this way: HE set HIS face like a flint, and went forward to the CROSS of Calvary’s hill!

Isaiah 50:7: “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”

Isaiah 53:3-7:

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”

Jesus Christ, the SON of GOD loved the FATHER and therefore, suffered affliction.

Now, do we love God? 

Then, we will most assuredly suffer affliction.

Thus, with Hosea we will see the prophet of God suffering affliction.

Now, we are ready for the word of God located in verse two.

Verse two: “And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.”

 And the LORD said …

Now, it behooves us to keep what the LORD says.  Will we obey God, or will we disobey God?  This will be in our lives the acid test.  Here is the question.  Do we love God?  To love God is to keep God’s commandments:

John 14:21: “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

Go, take unto thee a wife

In the BOOK [The King James Bible] the first mention of the word “wife” is in [Genesis 2:24].

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

In this verse God establishes a BASIC TRUTH.

A man needs a wife for several reasons:

1. A good woman tied to a good man can together bare the troubles of life.  “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” [Job 5:7]

2. As God is to Israel, a man and his wife yoked together will see great deliverance even when up in years as gray-heads.  “And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” [Isaiah 46:4]

3. The man and his wife will stay together even after all life’s years for better or worse! “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.” [Proverbs 5:18]

4. The man and his wife working together will be a TEAM“I will make him a help meet for him.” [Genesis 2:18b] The man cannot make it without his wife.

For emphasis, let’s put: “I will make him a help meet for him” of Genesis 2:18b back together with the first part of the verse, [verse 18] and read it again to see the context:

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

Do you believe what GOD said in THE BOOK

If things are to go good for a man, then a man a man needs to find a wife.

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” [Proverbs 18:22]

Finding a wife is called by the LORD … a good thing.  A good thing does not bring evil

Question: What is a good wife?   Well, first off, a good wife is virtuous.  This is according to the BOOK!

Proverbs 31:10: “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”  Look at that price!

Only a virtuous woman can provide a safe haven for her husband’s inner most thoughts and aspirations … which haven reposits his very life.

How do we know this?  Well, for the answer to this we must read the next two verses, [verses eleven and twelve]:

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” [Proverbs 31:11-12] 

Bottom-line: A good wife will do her husband GOOD all the days of her life. 

And this goodness comes from where? 

It comes from her faithfulness to him.  She will be faithful to him, and loyal to him, [and only to him] with her whole heart. 

Portrayed here is an illustration by the Holy Spirit of God in the word of God the deliberate intention of Jehovah to have an intimate relationship with the nation of Israel that is true, that is faithful, that is beautiful, and that is pure.   These four attributes taken together add up to the quality of virtuous.

  1. TRUE,
  4. PURE.


Israel [as a type of a wife] was to respond to her God in faithfulness, in loyalty and in trueness as a people [and as a land] to her God.  She was to be V-I-R-T-U-O-U-S!

“Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms.”

This is a very strange and a totally bizarre command given by God to the prophet of God, or for that matter to any man on the face of this earth. 

Note: this command is not unlike the command that Peter faced in the book of the Acts of the Apostles in chapter ten [Rise, Peter; kill]:

Acts 10:13-14:And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.”

Now hear this: Obedience to God shows our faith in God!

·         Hosea, go find a whore, and then, marry her. 

·         Hosea, go find a harlot, and then, marry her.

Now, a whore or a harlot is one who is not true to her husband. 

·         To be not true is to be unfaithful

·         To be unfaithful is to be disloyal, and to be disloyal is to be rebellious.

The land hath committed great whoredom.

The first instance of the word whore in the Bible is found in the third book of Moses called Leviticus, chapter nineteen, verse twenty-nine:

“Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.” [Leviticus 19:29]

Now note: Prostitution produces a whore.  The proliferation of whores reduces a land to whoredom.

A land reduced to whoredom is a polluted land … a land that is polluted with BLOOD! 

Psalm 106:38: “And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.”

When a land, and a people, go this way, it’s because there is a great underlying and festering problem: The people hate God!

Now, read the book of Romans, chapter one, verse thirty:Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,” [Romans 1:30].

The HATERS of GOD despise God’s words.

In Israel’s case, they were shown over, and over, and over again, to have been guilty of despising God’s words.  They repeatedly did evil which thing showed their rebellion to God. 

And look at this.   This all the while God was so merciful and so loving to them even in [betimes] sending to them HIS prophets to warn them.  We can see this is so very true by reading an account of this found in the book of Second Chronicles, chapter thirty-six, verses fifteen and sixteen:

“And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:

But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” [2 Chronicles 36:15-16]

Departing from the LORD

Now for the last part of our verse: Notice Israel departed from the LORD their God.

Now, this departure from the LORD occurred in steps through various states.  These states are the state of marvel, the state of mediocrity, the state of malaise, and the state of malady.

The states of marvel, mediocrity, malaise, and malady aggregated reveal the downward progression in a relationship due to the unwelcome presence of unchecked sin. 

Do you see the regression?

We first, marvel in Jesus Christ with our first love.

Then, we cool to a doctrinal mediocrity.

Then, we descend to a morbid malaise.

Then, in our malady our relationship dies

We lose our fellowship with Jesus Christ.

Why?  Well, it is because of unchecked sin

Let us review: First sin is in the world because of one man’s sin 

In Adam we died:

Romans 5:14: “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.”

But in Jesus Christ, we are made alive when we get saved:

1 Corinthians 15:22: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 

We are at first totally amazed with our Savior. We marveled in Him. 

Then second, with the passing of time we begin to relax in our knowledge of Him. 

Then, the familiarity with Him all puts us to sleep. 

Then, soon after in our sleep we have no thought of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This scenario is what had happened to Israel time, and time again [betimes].

Israel went through the states of marvel, of mediocrity, of malaise, and of malady.  They had departed from the LORD.

Verse three: “So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.”

A son born to trouble from an unfaithful wife.

So Hosea, without questioning God, obeys God.  Is this not what we should do also?  Oh, yes, we should!  No matter the consequences OBEY God.

See for this the book of Jeremiah, chapter forty-two, verse six:

“Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.” [Jeremiah 42:6]

Hosea instead of marrying a virtuous woman marries Gomer a whore to his grief.

Obey God and leave the consequences of obeying God with God.

Hosea believed God’s words!  His obedience to those words showed he believed them!

For us living today, we see this truth of this played out in the Gospel according to John, in chapter fourteen, verse twenty-one:

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” [John 14:21]

Verse four: “And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.”

Call his name Jezreel.

The LORD tells Hosea, name your son Jezreel.

Let’s look at this name.  The name Jezreel first appears in the Authorized Version of the Bible in the book of Joshua, chapter fifteen, verse fifty-six.  Look there and read: “And Jezreel, and Jokdeam, and Zanoah …” [Joshua 15:56].

Now, note: Jezreel was given as part of “the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families.” [Joshua 15:20]

Now Jezreel is a location in Israel.  Further, Jezreel is a valley.

[Note: There is also a day of Jezreel as we shall see later.  The day of Jezreel is concerning … JUDGMENT and WAR.] 

The valley of Jezreel is also known as the valley of Megiddon.   In the valley of Megiddon is a city called Megiddo. Megiddo is beneath Jezreel according to the book of First Kings [1 Kings 4:12]. 

We find that the first mention of Megiddo in the book of Joshua, chapter twelve, verse twenty-one.

Megiddo is part of the tribe of Manasseh on the west side of Jordan, which is among the possessions of the tribes of Issachar and Asher in the northern part of Israel [Joshua 17:11, Judges 1:27, 1 Chronicles 7:29].  

I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu.

Much blood has been shed in the valley of Jezreel.  The LORD will avenge!  The house of Jehu has blood on their hands.  The LORD will remedy.  Though Jehu did right by destroying Baal out of Israel Jehu departed not from the sins of Jeroboam. 

See what is recorded about Jehu in the book of Second Kings, chapter ten, starting with verse twenty-eight this:

“Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.

Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.

And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.” [2 Kings 10:28-31]

Somehow the blood of Jezreel accrued to Ahab’s household was transferred to the house of Jehu. Remember the house of Jehu departed not from the sins of Jeroboam.    Pay back came after the fourth generation to the house of Jehu:

  1. The first generation – is Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu.
  2. The second generation – is Jehoash [also called Joash], the son of Jehoahaz.
  3. The third generation – is Jeroboam, the son of Jehoash.
  4. The fourth generation – Zachariah, the son of Jeroboam.

Shallum the son of Jebesh smote Zachariah, and thus, judgment was executed on the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel.

I … will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.

This prophecy was fulfilled in the year of B.C. 721.   The Kingdom of Israel ceased.

2 Kings 17:6:In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.”

Verse five: “And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

I will break the bow of Israel.

There is a day of Jezreel.  The day of Jezreel is about … JUDGMENT and WAR. 

Jeremiah 30:7: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”

The time of Jacob’s trouble involves more than trouble for Israel.  It involves a great controversy between the LORD GOD and the nations of this earth. 

Jeremiah 25:31:A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.”

It will happen in the valley of Jezreel.

According to the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ God will gather all the nations together in a great battle at Megiddo in “the valley of Megiddon” “called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” [Revelation 16:16]

Now, Jezreel [or “the valley of Megiddon”] is set to be the climactic valley of decision for all the nations of the earth. 

 “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” [Joel 3:14]

The boy’s name is Jezreel born of an unfaithful wife.  Question: Can it get worse?  But before we proceed to verse six, we need to delve in a certain word called mercy, M-E-R-C-Y.

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines: MER'CY, n. L. Misericordia:

“That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy. That which comes nearest to it is grace. It implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, pity or compassion, and clemency, but exercised only towards offenders. Mercy is a distinguishing attribute of the Supreme Being.”

Let us now read verse six in Hosea chapter one.

Verse six: “And she conceived again, and bare a daughter.  And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.

A daughter born to trouble from an unfaithful wife.

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” 

God’s mercy was intended by God to endure forever.  [1 Chronicles 16:34] O how sin messes things up!

The God of Israel signals here to Israel that the mercy of God, which had been flowing to them [for generations] has finally come to an end.  It can be said: This was the end of the run.  The mercy seat is to be taken away.  The mercy seat of pure gold would no longer be found in its place below the two cherubims in the most holy place within the tabernacle of God set amongst the congregation of Israel. [Exodus 25:20].

Ichabod! “The glory is departed from Israel” [1 Samuel 4:21].

Lesson: God will depart from those that depart from HIM.  Loruhamah: I will have mercy no more!  The girl’s name, Loruhamah, born of a wife of whoredoms means the end of God’s mercy has come to Israel.

Surely now, it cannot get worse?  We shall see later.  But let it be made known there is still found mercy for others.

Verse seven: “But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.”

Mercy to the house of Judah

Notice that very first word in this verse [seven]: BUT.  The word but shows an exception by way of a connection to something that precedes to what follows.  God’s mercy was to stop flowing to the people of Israel but God’s mercy was to keep on flowing to the people of Judah.  

O for us to have God’s mercy.  “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” 

We ought to always turn toward the God of mercy.   And again, we ought to always be found in way of the MERCY of God.  Amen!

Now hear the promise of MERCY ultimately prevailing in a psalm in a promise of God!

Psalm 136:1-26:

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

I will save them!

Now, look back again to verse seven: “…and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.”

2 Chronicles 20:15: “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.”  The battle is God’s!  We cannot do it by ourselves!   Do you understand this?  Only God can do this!

Zechariah 4:6: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

A new creature by a new birth.

No amount of works derived by the flesh can ever earn a man’s salvation from the fires of Hell [Matthew 9:47].

A man, a woman a child must needs become a new creature [in Jesus Christ] by the operation of God: THE HOLY GHOST.  This is a very straight and a very narrow truth from none other than the BOOK of GOD. 

See this thing for yourself written in the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians, in chapter six, verse fifteen: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” 

A person becomes a Christian by becoming a new creature which new creature comes by way through a second birthWarning:

  1. This birth is not gained by inheritance.
  2. Nor does this birth come by the strength [or the will] of the flesh,
  3. Nor furthermore does it come by a man’s sheer will.

It only comes by the power of God:

John 1:13: “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Ye must be born again! :

John 3:7: “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

Verse eight: “Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.”

First a son, Jezreel, then a daughter comes, Loruhamah, and now another son is born. Remember, these are the children of whoredoms born of a wife of whoredoms.

Verse nine: “Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.”

Another son born to great trouble from this very unfaithful wife.

Loammi is his name.   There is a divorce coming into play.  It is coming to thee, O Israel. 

Yet let the divorce be done according to the law.

Ezra 10:3: “Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.”

The Law

Deuteronomy 24:1: “When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.” 

The LORD GOD is going to send Israel out of HIS HOUSE.

Loammi I am going to put your mother away for her unfaithfulness to me [for her transgressions].

Isaiah 50:1: “Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.”

For my thoughts are not your thoughts.

Now, we will pause here [in our study in the book of the prophet Hosea] and turn to the prophet Jeremiah for a purpose, and for a reason.  This reason is for us to search out some thoughts of the LORD God [so as to properly formulate Bible-believing doctrine]. 

You say, but where can we learn of these thoughts of God?  Well, these thoughts of the LORD God are revealed in a BOOK called the SCRIPTURE [THE BIBLE].

THE SCRIPTURE is THE BIBLE:  2 Timothy 3:16-17:

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:   That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

Now, the nation of Israel was given these thoughts of the LORD as oracles of God [Romans 3; 2].  It is in these oracles that we find the things revealed by God to man.  Let us go further into this matter.  It is in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter twenty-nine, verse twenty-nine, that we will find who the owners are of the secret things and of the revealed things:

“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” [Deuteronomy 29:29]


·         The secret things belong to God.

·         The revealed things belong to us.

The worthy goal for one’s life is clearly given:

We need to have our thoughts line out with God’s thoughts!

First, to discern these revealed thoughts, [and in order to be perfect] we need to pray to God that HE would search our hearts, and next, for us to cry out, TRY ME!

Psalm 139:23: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:”

Second, come to terms with God and agree with God that your thoughts are not HIS thoughts:

Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”
Realize God’s thoughts are higher than man’s thoughts:

Isaiah 55:9: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Now we are ready to turn to the book of Jeremiah, chapter three, and we will read starting with verse six:

Jeremiah 3:6: “The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.”

As we already have learned in the book of Hosea, Gomer [a type of Israel] was a harlot, and was unfaithful to her husband [a type of God].

Jeremiah 3:7: “And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.”

Israel refused to return to God.

Jeremiah 3:8:  “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.”

Note this: God puts her away!  The LORD gives her the bill of divorce.

Jeremiah 3:9: “And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.”

Whoredom destroys: It is what defiles a people and a land!

Jeremiah 3:10: “And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.”

Judah is next.  Notice, The LORD God wants your whole heart.

Jeremiah 3:11: “And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.”


Divorce is a Bible doctrine.

The actual divorce occurs when you leave the love of your life.  Israel divorced the LORD her God when she departed from God.  God’s thoughts were not her thoughts, neither were God’s ways her ways!

The one who is left behind therefore, becomes the innocent party. 

The innocent party can now give the guilty party the bill of divorcement.

The bill of divorcement is the paper [the legal] dissolution of the bond of the marriage of the husband and the wife granted by a judicial sentence.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts signifies divorce.

The converse is true: My thoughts are your thoughts. 

Marriage = Agreement: Amos 3:3: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

At this juncture we need to summarize concerning marriage, divorce, and remarriage before we continue our commentary in the book of Hosea.

God’s view of marriage, divorce and remarriage encapsulated.

1. The ideal Biblical pattern for marriage is set in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 … one man - one woman for life.

2. God provided legislation (by the giving of the Law) to Israel, governing multiple wives; i.e., marriage privileges, responsibilities are delineated, including the regulation of divorce and re-marriage.

3. God gives the New Testament order: National Israel set aside, and the institution of the Church established with the Jew and the Gentile in one body, which re-sets Genesis 1-2 for marriage, one man, one woman, for life as ideal.

                He reveals only two Biblical reasons for divorce for New Testament Christians, that is, for adultery, and for desertion by the unbeliever. Remarriage is allowed only in these two cases, plus for the reason of the death of the spouse.

Adultery brings the dissolution of the marriage.

Jeremiah 3:8: “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.”

The LORD in so many words in the sands of time said betimes: O Israel put away your abominations, and I will not put you away [I will not remove you!]  PLEASE HEAR ME!

Jeremiah 4:1: “If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.” 

God wanted to keep her.  He wanted Israel to get right!

Ezekiel 43:9-11:

God’s Plan for the nation of Israel: DO THEM!

“Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.

Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.

And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.”

They did not do them! 

The exception: Saving for the cause of fornication

Matthew 5:31-32: “It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

The divorce is finalized.

Yet this is not the end!  There is hope.  There is a promise.   

The Promise:

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end [Ecclesiastes 3:11].

Restoration of the Marriage

Verse ten: “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.”

In the putting away of his wife, Hosea represents a type of God casting his wife Israel away. 

[Now a type illustrates a showing of something, which represents something else.] 

Hosea is a type of the God of Israel.  And Gomer is a type of unfaithful Israel.  Gomer commits adultery which adultery constitutes the actual divorce from her husband.   It is Gomer who dissolved her marriage to Hosea.

The responsive action of Hosea only forms the legal divorce [by the putting away of Gomer].   Thus, the thing is shown in type: The nation of Israel dissolved her own marriage to God by her continual transgressions.  The LORD God responded by putting her out!

But there is something else here.  Israel’s treacheries can be shown to be part of a great mystery.

Now, what is this mystery?  This great mystery is now revealed to us living today by way of the illumination of the Holy Ghost in the New Testament Epistle to the Romans, in chapter eleven, which see. 

We can see in verse fifteen that the casting away of Israel [which formed a great grief to the LORD GOD of Israel] brought about with the passing of time a most wonderful thing, the reconciling of the world.   This unfolding wonderful truth displayed in verse fifteen:

“For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” [Romans 11:15]

This reconciling of the world will conclude with the bringing forth of a restoration of the marriage [that God had with the nation of Israel in the Old Testament] in the beginning of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. This is what we all will see happen in the restitution of all things [Act 3:21]. 

Restoration = Remarriage

 The concluding story located within this mystery is so beautiful and is a story likening the raising of life from the dead.   See this thing with your own eyes [your eyes of faith] in verses twenty-five through verse twenty-seven:

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” [Romans 11:25-27]

What happened to Israel [[shown here in the book of Hosea] allows the Gentiles to come into the fold.  The One forwent [Israel] becomes the opportunity for another {the Gentiles].  The Gentiles were now in line to receive the mercy of God.  Go to the First Epistle of Peter, chapter two, verse ten: “Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”

The Gentiles have always been on the outside [with very few exceptions, i.e., Ruth] of “the commonwealth of Israel.”  The Gentiles were strangers to the promises of God … “having no hope”.  The Epistle to the Ephesians tells us this is so, very plainly.  We see in chapter two, verse twelve:

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” [Ephesians 2:12]. 

Before Jesus Christ went to the Cross of Calvary, we Gentiles were not the people of God.  We were as dogs at the table of Israel.  We were all dogs, just like the Siro-Phoenician woman said we were, in the Gospel of Mark, chapter seven, verse twenty-eight:

“And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.”  [Mark 7:28]

Now bear with me a little, my friend.  I will tell you what has transpired.  It was by the precious blood of Jesus Christ that God opened up the Gentiles to the mercies of God … even the GRACE of God.  Let’s go back to Ephesians chapter two starting with verse thirteen to see that this is true.  Are you ready for this? 

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” [Ephesians 2:13]  

Before this time, we were OUT, but now, we are IN.  The mercy of God … towards us … made us part of the family of God.  Amen!  God brought us into the sure mercies and promises of God … along with Israel … so that we would be made one body.  Look at this in verse fourteen and fifteen with me: 

“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;” [Ephesians 2:14-15].

The WALL was taken down!  We Gentiles have become the people of God … along with the Jews.  The Jews and the Gentiles have been made into one body for the last two thousand years.    We see this truly amplified in verse sixteen through nineteen in Ephesians chapter two: 

“And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” [Ephesians 2:16-19]

Verse eleven: “Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.”

War comes, and judgment arrives, mercy runs out, and finally they are put away, and thus, we find them cast away, and seemingly, they are undone Jezreel, Loruhamah, and Loammi were the children of whoredoms that were born of a wife of whoredoms.  The divorce came.  It came to thee, O Israel! 

Who can save thee?

The LORD WHO is mighty will save thee, O Israel!

Isaiah 63:1: “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

BUT the promise of the LORD GOD of ISRAEL arrives, and just in time, and interrupts this whole downward process with this which is found in the book of Jeremiah, chapter thirty, verse ten and eleven:

 “Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.

For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” [Jeremiah 30:10-11]

There you have it, my friend, ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED! 

They will finally obtain the mercy of GOD.

Isaiah 45:17: But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.”

Israel will appoint for themselves Jesus Christ as their HEAD in that climatic day which is the great day of Jezreel at the end of the GREAT TRIBULATION.

This is a story with a happy ending.

There you have it, my friend. 

If you have been saved, you have already obtained the mercy of God.  You now belong to God.  God is the King of the Hill … in your life.  You are no longer offended by Jesus Christ.   Instead, the work of grace is in you and makes Jesus Christ precious to you. 

Amen!  Amen!  Amen!

This brings us to a close of Hosea chapter one.

Before we go to chapter two, we will need to consider the Law and its weighty qualities.

The Law of God are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments.

Deuteronomy 4:44-45:

“And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:

These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt,”

Deuteronomy 6:17:

“Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.”

The strength of your diligence in the keeping is a measure of the depth of your love to the very one who gave you these testimonies.

Gomer, how much do you love Hosea?

Israel, do you love the Lord THY GOD, and HIM ONLY?

 Deuteronomy 6:5: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

Deuteronomy 10:12: “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,”

Deuteronomy 11:1: “Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.”

Deuteronomy 30:6: “And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.”

Over and over, and over again fidelity, loyalty, and faithfulness, is what God desires of Israel [and of you and of me].

Let us go deeper!  The attributes of fidelity, loyalty, and faithfulness are sourced from something else.  It is this: TRUTH.

Psalm 51:6: “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”

Our inner most parts need to be deliberately made to be the repository of truth

John 17:17: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

“BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” [Psalm 119:9-11]

Let me focus here on these testimonies and the relationship that these testimonies have to your separation unto Jesus Christ.   How much are we only for HIM, and not distracted by an allurement to someone else?

Now, God separated Israel for HIMSELF from all other people on the earth: 

Leviticus 20:24: “But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.”

2 Kings 17:15: “And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.”

Psalm 93:5: “Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.”

There are 27 instances of the word: testimonies in Psalm 119

Israel was separated out from all the other nations of the earth to be the bearer of God’s testimonies.

These testimonies were to be the rejoicing of the heartIt always comes back to matter of the heart.

Read with me here in Psalm 119:

1.       Psalm 119:2: “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.”

2.       Psalm 119:14: “I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.”

3.       Psalm 119:22: “Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.”

4.       Psalm 119:24: “Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellers.”

5.       Psalm 119:31: “I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.”

6.       Psalm 119:36: “Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.”

7.       Psalm 119:46: “I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.”

8.       Psalm 119:59: “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.”

9.       Psalm 119:79: “Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.”

10.   Psalm 119:95: “The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.”

11.   Psalm 119:99: “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.”

12.   Psalm 119:111: “Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.”

13.   Psalm 119:119: “Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.”

14.   Psalm 119:125: “I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.”

15.   Psalm 119:129: “Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.”

16.   Psalm 119:138: “Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.”

17.   Psalm 119:144: “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.”

18.   Psalm 119:146: “I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.”

19.   Psalm 119:152: “Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”

20.   Psalm 119:157: “Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.”

21.   Psalm 119:167: “My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.”

22.   Psalm 119:168: “I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.”

Keeping the LORD’s testimonies proves one’s fidelity to HIM. 

The ring on the finger is to show forth your fidelity to your husband, or to your wife in marriage

Fidelity to Jesus Christ is an indicator of one’s oneness with Jesus Christ.  For two shall be oneOneness with HIM displays the dominant characteristics of a true marriage i.e., fidelity, or loyalty, commitment, and faithfulness.

The statement of the LORD, the God of Israel:

Ezekiel 16:8: “Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.” 

God married Israel.

Next - Hosea Chapter Two


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