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Exposing a Broken Relationship     Hosea 1:1-2; 2:2-5; 3:1-5 (HCSB)     December 02, 2012


Introduction

I certainly recommend looking at your commentaries to get a better understanding of this text.


1. Exposing a Broken Relationship and . . Teaching a Lesson to Israel. Hosea 1:1-2

       A. Teaching A Lesson To Israel through A . . Word for Hosea. 1:1

       1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and

       Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and of Jeroboam son of Jehoash, king of Israel.


B. Teaching A Lesson To Israel through A . . Wife for Hosea. 1:2

       2 When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, He said this to him: Go and marry a promiscuous wife and ?have?

       children of promiscuity, for the land is committing blatant acts of promiscuity by abandoning the LORD.

       Normally when God wants to get a message across to His people in the Old Testament He speaks to one of

       His prophets. God chose to reveal His Message by speaking to Hosea. Hosea might have preferred a

       different message but the faithfulness of Hosea is revealed in His quick response to God’s request. He had

       a word from God and he acted. It would be good for us to respond that way. Most men want a wife and

       seek one. Some of us believe we were directed by God to the lady we married. Very few if any got the

       direction like God gave Hosea. This direction of God should reveal God’s love and forgiveness of sinful

       conduct and Hosea represents the action of God to all of us.



2. Exposing a Broken Relationship of . . Thanklessness from Israel. Hosea 2:2-5

       A. Thanklessness from Israel Caused . . Rebuke by the Lord. 2:2-3

       2 Rebuke your mother; rebuke ?her?. For she is not My wife and I am not her husband. Let her remove the

       promiscuous look from her face and her adultery from between her breasts.

       3 Otherwise, I will strip her naked and expose her as she was on the day of her birth. I will make her like a

       desert and like a parched land, and I will let her die of thirst.


       B. Thanklessness from Israel Caused . . Rejection by the Lord. 2:4-5

       4     I will have no compassion on her children because they are the children of promiscuity.

       5 Yes, their mother is promiscuous; she conceived them and acted shamefully. For she thought, “I will go

       after my lovers, the men who give me my food and water, my wool and flax, my oil and drink.”

       This unusual marriage represents God’s love for and seeking after Israel received a thankless response from

       most of their people. Therefore God gave her a time of rebuking and rejection. The statement, “rebuke

       your mother,” symbolically represents a rebuking of Israel because of her refusal of God’s grace. He

       temporarily took away His compassion. Compassion rejected by the majority can ultimately bring

       captivity. How does the society of the text compare to today’s society? I read recently over 40% of couples

       live together without marriage. Several so called adults willingly live with several different partners trying

       to find one to settle with. I live in a newer subdivision but young couples think nothing of bringing

       partners into their home even though they have little children in the home. Hosea might speak sternly to

       us.


3. Exposing a Broken Relationship and God’s . . Tolerance in Redemption. Hosea 3:1-5

       A. Tolerance in Redemption Encouraging . . Faithfulness. 3:1-3

       1 Then the LORD said to me, “Go again; show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an

       adulteress, just as the LORD loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.”

       2 So I bought her for 15 shekels of silver and five bushels of barley.

       3 I said to her, “You must live with me many days. Don’t be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will

       act the same way toward you.”


       B. Tolerance in Redemption Encouraging . . Fidelity. 3:4-5

       4 For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and

       without ephod or household idols.

       5 Afterward, the people of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will

       come with awe to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.


God’s patience certainly goes beyond ours. At times I think how patient God is and say if I were Him I

would zap those people and then He reminds me His patience extends to me. God faithfulness extends to His

willingness to forgive. Hosea went to the trading block and brought back his wife? That represents love and a

willingness to forgive. God loved Israel and was willing to forgive. He loves us and the people of our day and

is willing to forgive. I remember leading a man to Christ who said God would not forgive him. I took him to

the Bible and pointed out all of the individuals God forgave and with some asked have you sinned like that?

Then told the man if God forgave them can’t you believe He will forgive you? The man was saved. Israel

needed to live in a relationship of fidelity to God. Then the blessings He gives would flow. The blessings of

God came to rebellious Israel after the Exposing a Broken Relationship. Amen? Amen!