An Unfaithful Lover: The Book of Hosea Commentary

What does God say about Faithfulness?


The Book of Hosea is not written as clearly as most parables but it’s highly recommended you read it with an open heart. Hosea gives us an eloquent yet very realistic example of one of loves toughest battles for couples today. The second verse is the perfect prelude to this life changing story. The Lord commands that Hosea gets married to a woman and then drops a pretty heavy bomb that both his wife and children will be unfaithful to him.

Hosea 1:2 Good News Translation (GNT)

Hosea’s Wife and Children

When the Lord first spoke to Israel through Hosea, he said to Hosea, “Go and get married; your wife will be unfaithful, and your children will be just like her.[a] In the same way my people have left me and become unfaithful.”

Now most people would turn and go the complete opposite direction if they got this news but the sentence which follows is quite humbling to Hosea. Next God tells Hosea that the unfaithfulness that he is soon to experience is exactly like the way God feels when his people lose faith or walk away from him. The majority of the first chapter of Hosea speaks more in depth on Hosea’s family tree and before its end quickly brings the focus back to the relationship between God and his children–Israel. The remaining 13 chapters could be compared to a series of scattered statements you would likely hear a hurting lover tell how unfaithfulness made them feel. However, it is God telling Israel how he felt when they walked away and at the same time promising restoration for them when they are willing to change.


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