First Night Struggling with HOSEA
Restoration is the goal in Hosea.
God will somehow lead the people to redemption, but NOT just redemption – to Restoration.
A few things for sure;
You may be angry at the God character because it looks really bad.
And why Is all this happening to Hosea and Gomer?
God said name them “nobodies”… WHAT?!?!
Rename your children somebodies. Tell her to quit dressing like a whore. “face it, your mother has been a whore. Wine and Dine, dress and caress.”
-That doesn’t square up and go find yourself a harlot?!
- Basically she got purchased. Because she was first married, has three children, then cheats on him. But Hosea woos her again.
-This is an allegory of God’s relationship Northern Kingdom of Israel.
- Northern Kingdom sold out first. The southern Kingdom waited longer.
- “Please don’t leave me, please don’t leave me” Is the story of Hosea.
- Hosea is my favorite because it relates to the Brewery. We do believe God is always there, and the hardest thing to deal with is that God DOES love me where I am. That’s a harder thing to deal with. This is my favorite story because in a lot of ways, I can relate to a God that still loves when I am tempted to do horrible things or do basic things for myself. It doesn’t bother God enough to remove himself from me because I’m not willing to do something. And the fact that she goes completely the other way. She is married to a prophet she falls so far and goes back into the slavery and how awful they are – she throws away it all her normal life. And what does he do? He follows her back to where she is and woes her back. I don’t know a whole of people who would ever do that. He goes above and beyond as a husband. Even in modern times, people have addictions and they live with those for the rest of their lives- even if they are a “dry alcoholic”. The fact that someone can fall so far, God doesn’t abandon them. In Hosea they were impoverished when they fell. For the redemption aspect, it’s a huge turnaround.
He (God) was angry, and there was a betrayal and a coming back. If you look for a whole humanity salvation experience, this story makes a good case for it.
The big shocker is hey prophet of God, here is how you’re going show Israel what is going on. This is the first time you see a prophet actually married to the message. And the prophet was obedient. But how do we feel about Chapter 2?
-He was pissed!!
-There won’t be anyone around and you won’t have a thing. That is some straight up sons of anarchy- guns in the face- you are worthless to me type of attitude. This is a gritty pissed off type of Yahweh.
The bible is very clear why God was mad. There is no mistaking it. In Minor Prophets you may not fully understand. In Hosea, there is no doubt.
“I may not have read Hosea in a while, but Gomer seems kinda like Inara. Her companions have given her all these gifts and she is doted for all her skills. A prophet isn’t going to marry some 2 bit leopard st. whore. She is a well-kept woman. Who happens to have a specific trade.
She’s invested, wines, gardens, vines, jewelry.
Looking at the context, that would be hard to leave. If a country is in this particular stature – biggest, baddest, and at the top of our game. But they are immoral, unfaithful, and have made broken promises. So, it’s one of those things you are at the top of your game and yet you are completely without it doesn’t matter what is happening to your people. No accountability.
We are not punished for our sins, but by them.
Don’t you remember Egypt?!?! Where you not there! How often to tell you I love you. How many slaves trades will you have to go in? I will have no other reaction than love.
If we think there is a tangible relationship with God. Hosea shows he doesn’t only promise to fix the surrounding nations but in Chapter 3 he makes some political promises….
He calls the Children this, No Mercy and Nobody. “I can’t get through this book without crying.” Screw this book, I hate this book. He should’ve picked an easier story, put on the yoke dammit.”
Chapter 1 is parallel to Lev. 19:29
Sublime’s WRONG WAY sang out loud reference.
Chapter 2 is parallel to Deut. 24:14
Chapter 4 is parallel to Ps 106: 38-39
My theology is ultimate restoration. Rights to righteousness. Doesn’t necessarily happy go lucky prosperity goodness. That does not diassavow judgment. I personally have issues with a fire and brimstone version of punishment. But that my actions will result in a reaction. So in whatever fashion God shows up and says to me…
Christians would later use Hosea as an allegory as Christ as the bride groom and the church the Bride. Paul heavily taught this image. The Goal of Hosea spreads out further than Israel and Judah.
Islam includes Hosea as an authentic Hebrew prophet. The book was abused a lot and its important to consider even Islam favors this story. Islam endorses Hosea.
“If you somehow knew God was going to send you to hell, would you love God afterall?? Could you still love God? We did not know what to do with ourselves. In all honesty Ed said first, he said, I think I would. Because for all the I could say would damage me- and it doesn’t change that God is good and he was good to me. I did something to necessitate this “punishment”.
In my more recent belief in ultimate restoration, where does judgment fall? Punishment is not final and it’s not the end of the story. In the last part of chapter 3, they will come back to revereance for the point is God’s love.
There is room for judgment even in the idea that all people will be saved. That’s not about Hosea, but this is. IN the restoration of his whoring wife. Never again will you call me a slave master. Tells you the status of the nation.
Bragging about a slave to Jesus. Like my piercings. I thought that was cool man. TO think God would look at me in our lives ….
In that “slavery”
To Israel: You will call me husband not a slave master.
This is going to be a real thing, and beyond that I will make a pact with all the animals of the earth, the water, and the sky. I will stop war and the fighting instruct of everything. And he says, imagine it. No more beasts and no more bullies. Yay no more bullies”… no, that includes us when WE are the bullies. The goal in God’s sight is that we will not be bullies any longer.
God says he will tell the sky to react to the earth and the earth to react to all the people. He says they will look at them and say, look what God did! Look what happened…
God is moving things towards restoration. Throughout this book I have no problem discussing that this was somewhat an unhealthy relationship.
I have a hard time justifying some of God’s statements. Because I want things to work out well, I want the happy stories not the nitty gritty stuff. By no means do I think that Hosea is the end all be all depiction of God.
We can get caught up in the relationship of Gomer and Hosea, and that’s the story of redemption. We can get caught up in the story of judgment we don’t understand.
Or we can get caught up in the end game. It’s important to see the ins and out of it all.
But, I disclaimer … you asked for it.