Hosea Chapter 1
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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.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall 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 the sons of the living God.
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Matthew Henry's Hosea Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
Hosea is supposed to have been of the kingdom of Israel. He lived and prophesied during a long period. The scope of his predictions appears to be, to detect, reprove, and convince the Jewish nation in general, and the Israelites in particular, of their many sins, particularly their idolatry: the corrupt state of the kingdom is also noticed. But he invites them to repentance, with promises of mercy, and gospel predictions of the future restoration of the Israelites and of the Jews, and their final conversion to Christianity.Under a figure, is represented the shameful idolatry of the ten tribes. (1-7) The calling of the Gentiles, and the uniting Israel and Judah under the Messiah. (8-11)1-7 Israel was prosperous, yet then Hosea boldly tells them of their sins, and foretells their destruction. Men are not to be flattered in sinful ways because they prosper in the world; nor will it last long if they go on still in their trespasses. The prophet must show Israel their sin; show it to be exceedingly hateful. Their idolatry is the sin they are here charged with. Giving that glory to any creature which is due to God alone, is an injury and affront to God; such as for a wife to take a stranger, is to her husband. The Lord, doubtless, had good reasons for giving such a command to the prophet; it would form an affecting picture of the Lord's unmerited goodness and unwearied patience, and of the perverseness and ingratitude of Israel. We should be broken and wearied with half that perverseness from others, with which we try the patience and grieve the Spirit of our God. Let us also be ready to bear any cross the Lord appoints. The prophet must show the ruin of the people, in the names given to his children. He foretells the fall of the royal family in the name of his first child: call his name Jezreel, which signifies "dispersion." He foretells God's abandoning the nation in the name of the second child; Lo-ruhamah, "not beloved," or "not having obtained mercy." God showed great mercy, but Israel abused his favours. Sin turns away the mercy of God, even from Israel, his own professing people. If pardoning mercy is denied, no other mercy can be expected. Though some, through unbelief, are broken off, yet God will have a church in this world till the end of time. Our salvation is owing to God's mercy, not to any merit of our own. That salvation is sure, of which he is the Author; and if he will work, none shall hinder.
8-11 The rejection of Israel for a time, is signified by the name of another child: call him Lo-ammi, "not my people." The Lord disowns all relation to them. We love him, because he first loved us; but our being cast out of covenant, is owing to ourselves and our folly. Mercy is remembered in the midst of wrath; the rejection, as it shall not be total, so it shall not be final. The same hand that wounded, is stretched forth to heal. Very precious promises are here given concerning the Israel of God, and they may be of use to us now. Some think that these promises will not have accomplishment in full, till the general conversion of the Jews in the latter days. Also this promise is applied to the gospel, and the bringing in both the Jews and Gentiles to it, by St. Paul, #Ro 9:25,26|, and by St. Peter, #1Pe 2:10|. To believe in Christ, is to have him for our Head, and willingly to commit ourselves to his guidance and government. And let us pray for the coming of the glorious day, when there shall be one Lord through all the earth.
Marie Johnson's Hosea Chapter 1 comment on 10/12/2013, 11:20am...
I was directed by Our God on this day; to view this particular chapter of "Hosea", through The King James Version of The Bible online, because I am being cleansed, delivered and redeemed by the power of The Living God and I was instructed to read and gain understanding, so I would have understanding of my own life and the life of our nation, during it's struggles and strife. What did I think of "Hosea?" Praise God in THE HIGHEST; HALLELUJAH Amen!
Teresa D\'Angelo's Hosea Chapter 1 comment on 8/05/2013, 1:21am...
The this was a real marriage or GOD just used marriage as an example to show how His people was worshiping other gods
Larry ward's Hosea Chapter 1 comment on 1/22/2013, 5:56pm...
God loves us with true love, now that's his character.
Therese's Hosea Chapter 1 comment on 12/18/2012, 8:51am...
God is such a redeeming God! Here, He is redeeming the sins of the people through the actions and obedience of Hosea. Otherwise it is actually a lesson of obedience. Gomer may not have got that lesson at first; just as we the children of God may need more than one lesson, but through the diligence of Hosea's obedience to God, love came through and won! As far as marriage goes, we must always first keep the commandment of love. Easier said than done. We definitely need Jesus and we need to remember "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".
Timothy Wayne George's Hosea Chapter 1 comment on 6/27/2012, 6:25am...
Hosea is given a command to marry a harlot, named Gomer. I wonder how many of us would have obeyed God, and done that. Yet Hosea did obey God, and he learned what it was to love an unfaithful wife. Just as Israel had been the wife of God, and had been unfaithful to him God still had mercy on her. Marriage is holy and God wants us to honor our covenant relationship, even if one of the spouse's is unfaithful. So Hosea loved Gomer, and even though he put her out of the home after her unfaithfulness he later redeemed her and she became a faithful wife. This speaks of the Lord's great love for us as we have not been redeemed with silver or gold, but the precious blood of Jesus as a lamb without spot or blemish. God will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, there when the battle in Jezreel takes place God will fight for the people when they come against Israel in the latter days. Christ shall be the one head over them, and they shall be his people. He shall be their God, and thank God that he always keeps his promises. So even though this is yet to be fulfilled it will surely come to pass. So don't give up on your marriage no matter how difficult it may be God is still the restorer of lost things, and don't give up because God does not give up on us.
AgnesEthel's Hosea Chapter 1 comment on 2/15/2012, 2:25pm...
v4 the Kingdom of Israel CEASED to exist and He is no longer their God It is not to be confused with the current country of Israel of today.
v9 tells the Nation of Israel that they have fallen out of favor with GOD and they are no longer His chosen people (v4 for a little while) a period of time we have no idea when it will end, although we know when it began.)
Beth Smart's Hosea Chapter 1 comment on 11/17/2011, 6:10pm...
This chapter shows how God is in total control over everything. His mercy has been shown for these people. This is all part of His plan for the larger scheme of things. God directs people even if one doesn't realize this. God is in front of everything,everywhere.
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