Hosea accuses Israel of breaking their covenant with God, and warns them of the tragic consequences to follow.
The Northern Kingdom of Israel enjoyed moderate success from conquering neighboring kingdoms, but they were spiritually bankrupt on the inside. In the Book of Hosea, God sends Hosea to Israel during King Jeroboam II's reign to admonish them of their wrongs in perpetual idol worship and dependence on outside nations.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Hosea, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Hosea, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
King Jeroboam II, one of the worst kings in Israel's history, grew apathetic and allowed idol worship to run amok in the nation, opening the doorway for Israelites to cheat, steal, have unlawful sex with, and even murder each other on a constant basis. Growing cold and distant, they had forgotten about knowing God as their intimate first love, ushering in a disaster that would imminently strike through Assyria's siege. But God does not forget Israel even in their self-destruction, and He teaches us that love is the strongest force of all, even over sin.
Hope would still come through God's Messiah.
The Book of Genesis starts when God creates the heavens, earth, and all life. He creates humans in His own Image, then rests. Everything He made is good.
Garden of Eden
God puts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicting a perfect environment and relationship with God, and blesses them to rule the earth and create like He does.
God gives humans the ability to choose. A serpent tempts them to disobey God and sin contaminates humanity and creation. God prophesies redemption for humans.
Humans populate and become exceptionally corrupt. Heartbroken, God floods the whole earth. Noah builds an ark and is spared. God reinstates His covenant with Noah.
Scattering of Nations
People repopulate, create Babylon, and desire a great tower to make themselves famous. God scatters and confuses them with different languages before it is built.
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Reading the Book of the Twelve, commonly referred to as the “Minor Prophets,” can be really disorienting. These books are full of poetic language, metaphors, and imagery unfamiliar to modern ears. Also, they speak a lot about God’s judgment, which can feel like a total downe...