The Book of Hosea

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Hosea was the son of Beeri, and author of the book of prophecies bearing his name. He belonged to the kingdom of Israel. His origin is question because of the peculiar, rough, innocent look. People point to the northern part of Palestine because of the intimate acquaintance he has with the localities of Ephraim.The period of his ministry, that extended for about sixty yeats,, is indicated in the superscription. Surprisingly, he is the only prophet of Israel who has left any written prophecy, the Book of Hosea is one of the books of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament of the Bible.Its name is taken from the prophet Hosea, who lived in the northern kingdom between 755 and 725 B.C.The book is divided into two parts,first part which is chapter one through three, tells the story of Hosea’s marriage to an unfaithful wife.Hosea used this personal tragedy as a parable of the relationship between God and Israel.In the second part which is chapter four through 14, the theme of unfaithfulness is developed.The prophet rebukes corrupt leaders and priests and chastises the Israelites for their superstition and idolatry.Hosea was known to be thefirst biblical writer to use the imagery of marriage as an illustration of the relationship between God and his people.
My favorite verse is from the Acts of the Apostles.Hosea said, ;Yet the number of the children O Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered;and shall it come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, ye are son of the living God; And Again ;I will sow her unto Me in the Earth and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people thou art my people; and shall say, thou art my god;. (1:10; 2:23)I like this verse because it took a little time for me t