The Message of Hosea's Marriage
This Messianic Bible Study is a study of the first three chapters of the Book of Hosea, These chapters deal with Hosea’s marital problems and their application as a prophetic message to the people of lsrael.
God sometimes asked His prophets to do very strange things in order to get the attention of the people of Israel so that they could learn something: Isaiah, for example, was asked to walk naked for three years. Ezekiel was asked to lay on one side for so many days and then on his other side for so many days. These were actual, literal actions that the prophets were asked to do, but, at the same time, they were symbolic actions containing a message God was trying to get across to His people Israel. The same thing was true of Hosea, his marriage, and his family. These were literal events that actually happened in the life of Hosea the Prophet while, at the some time, they were symbolic messages to the people of Israel. The history of the relationship between Hosea and his wife is similar to the relationship between Jehovah, the husband, and Israel, the Wife of Jehovah. As the message of Hosea’s marriage is studied, exactly what God was trying to relate to the people of Israel will be brought out.