We have already heard that God considers the sin of idolatry to be parallel and just as offensive as a wife being unfaithful to her husband. Hosea is told by God to actually live out this situation. He is told to marry Gomer, a prostitute. Through Hosea, God shows just how ready He is to restore and be reconciled with His wayward people. Hosea prophesied to the Northern kingdom during the same time that Amos, Isaiah, and Micah were prophesying in the Southern kingdom. This was during the reign of Jeroboam the 2nd. Hosea was not a professional prophet trained in a school for prophets, but an ordinary man. I imagine his ministry must have been very lonely.
The Book of Proverbs doesn’t always support that being rich is better. Consider v.4 in the NLT:
Pro. 23:4 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
Be wise enough to know when to quit.
Yesterday we heard of the ministry of John the Baptist, and Matthew is the only Gospel that records Jesus’ reply to John, “This (baptising me) should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.”
GNT Translation notes:
[It sounds very odd in English for Hosea to be telling such a personal story about himself using the third person. Like the CEV, I have altered the pronouns in chapter 1 in verses 2-4, 6, and 9-10 so that Hosea speaks of himself using the pronoun ‘I’ rather than ‘he’. Similarly, I have made it so that God speaks of himself using the pronoun ‘I’ rather than the third person.]
Hos. 2:13 I will punish her for the times that she forgot me, when she burned incense to Baal and put on her jewelry to go chasing after her lovers. [I, the Lord, have//The Lord has] spoken.
Mat. 4:23 Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease[s] and sickness[es].
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