Summary: Hosea 1:1-3
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Hosea chapter 1: 1-3
1 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. 2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. 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. 3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
If this story happened in today’s modern church, it would be the most scandalous scandal ever heard of.
It would be the front page of every major newspaper in America
The headlines would read “Local Preacher Seen With Prostitute.”
It would be the lead story of the ten-o’clock news for certain
It would probably even make the major talk shows
It’s outrageous, to say the least.
But the scripture for today is the story of a prophet/preacher named Hosea who was married to a prostitute woman named Gomer.
Hosea was the first of the "minor" prophets.
His name, translated in English, means “Joe,”
which adds even more insult to injury in these modern times for the headline would read “A Prostitute and Her Joe.”
But if you research the name Hosea, you will also discover that Hosea’s name is also related to the name Joshua, which means “salvation.”
Hosea was a young preacher in the nation of Israel,
the northern kingdom
He lived, as we are told in the first verse, during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (kings of Judah, the Southern Kingdom),
and during the reign of Jeroboam, the son of Joash, the king of Israel.
Jeroboam was one of the wicked kings of Israel and the nation was going through a difficult time when Hosea was preaching.
People were "living it up," as we might say,
and they didn’t have much time for God.
They wouldn’t have said that, of course, because nobody ever says that
Instead they may have said something like we do: that it was just a case of not having quite enough time to meet the demands that God made upon them!
They were so busy with so many other important things.
The spirit was willing but the flesh was ready for the weekend so to speak