PROMISE AND PROMISCUITY: In any short series on Hosea we have to be selective. The prophet addresses a range of themes between chapter three and the end. To focus our minds in this lecture and the next, we shall identify major themes that act as bridges between the ancient text and the modern world. Firstly we shall examine the pain of infidelity and the wholesale failure of leadership.
IDOLS IN THE NORTH: To reveal himself to the nations, God inaugurated an unique relationship with one people, Israel. Chosen, holy and married to the Lord, Israel occupied a special place in the unfolding drama of redemption. The history of that relationship is marked by fidelity on God’s part and infidelity on Israel’s part. Hosea addresses the idolatry and adultery of the Northern Kingdom specifically and we set the historical and geographical context of the book.
MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN: The marriage of Hosea and Gomer as an analogy of the covenant union of God and Israel is best understood when set in the context of the whole redemptive story of the Bible. In this opening lecture we trace the theme of marriage from its institution in Genesis, to Sinai, the Prophets, the writings of the Apostle Paul before coming to a climax in Revelation.