August 24, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Hosea 1-7
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Commentary: Hosea is a book filled with symbolism, like many books of prophecy. Even Hosea’s marriage is symbolic of the Lord’s relationship with Israel. Hosea is instructed to marry a harlot, a whore, a hooker, whose mother was also a harlot! She represents Israel and its relationship to the Lord. Israel was a spiritual harlot, as the repeatedly rejected the Lord, instead worshiping pagan, man-made gods. This relationship is shown throughout the first three chapters. Chapter 4 identifies three groups who have sinned. The remainder of chapter 4 and the entirety of chapter 5 issues three warnings for Israel and Judah. Chapters 6 and 7 laments the stubbornness of the nation to repent.
Focus Verses: 4:15-19 What warning is being given in this passage? Why is it important? How does that warning apply to today?