Today is Day 67 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days!

Hosea is NOT the Hispanic prophet. I just wanted to clear that up from the start. Since I grew up in New Mexico and was used to hearing the name “Jose,” I assumed Hosea was from Mexico. Not the case, however.

Hosea is the first of the “Minor Prophets.” Not because his message was of minor importance, but because he just didn’t have as much to say as the major prophets, such as Isaiah or Jeremiah. Hosea was a prophet to Israel. A very unique prophet. God used him not only to proclaim a message, but also to act it out.

The problem was that God’s people had been very unfaithful to Him. He was so hurt by it that He compared them to a cheating wife. And yet, although they were unfaithful to Him, He remained faithful to them (isn’t that just like God?). Unfortunately for Hosea, it was this message of unfaithfulness that he was commissioned to portray through his own marriage. That’s why the book begins with a very unusual command…

When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea: ‘Go take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the Lord.'” – Hosea 1:3

Yikes! What a command!

Gomer, Hosea’s prostitute wife, spent years living out physically what Israel was doing spiritually – cheating on their spouse. And yet, despite years of unfaithfulness, Hosea (and God) continues to love his wife. In fact, by Chapter 3, Hosea buys his wife for the price of a slave.

The book of Hosea gives an honest look at sin. God takes it seriously when we seek pleasure from someone or something besides Him. He wants our complete affection. In our lives, sin has the same effect that Gomer’s prostitution had on her – it makes us its slave.

God has bigger and better plans for you than that.

God also has bigger and better love for you than you’ll experience anywhere else.

Stay faithful – He’ll always be faithful to you!