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Hosea's Strumpet

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Commentary on the book of Hosea


“O, most true; she is a strumpet.”
Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

“Hosea’s Strumpet" A Dispatch of Unconditional Love

The Jews living in the Northern Kingdom in the 8th century B.C., scorned the ONE TRUE GOD by turning to the Canaanites idol gods. The LORD God is jealous and HE will not and did not tolerate being cuckolded. The prophet Hosea found out [first hand] how it feels to be belittled by the one you love. Hosea’s predicament is a blueprint for Christians today because we have fallen into the same trap.

Hosea was commanded by GOD to marry an unfaithful woman. The LORD God could have [simply] told the prophet what would happen to his fellow Jews if they didn’t stop living like the Baal worshippers around them. Instead GOD bespoke Hosea to live the life of a dissed husband. Experience really is the best teacher, but those who heed righteous rebuke will avoid the physical and mental distress that is brought on by hardheadedness. GOD used Hosea’s marriage to prepare him to communicate a message to the House of Israel (the ten tribes of the Northern kingdom), that they would [one day] be taken into captivity if they didn’t change their ways. Fifty years later [still] during Hosea’s lifetime, the Northern kingdom was in-deed forced into servitude by the Assyrian’s. GOD allowed this to happen because the Jews refused to repent for having embraced the godless practices of the Canaanites.

“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.” Hosea 1:2

We (Christians) have [unwittingly] divided our commitment between: GOD and the love of money, oil, coal, gold, silver, false gods, fake doctrines, fame, power, shiny objects, sex outside marriage and other forms of Whoredom’s. We reprise justifiable (in our own minds) lies, and deceptions in exchange for wealth and manmade supremacy. GOD has not stopped watching our every move.

“Thou shall have no other gods before ME,” still stands and it applies to all.

“Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.” Hosea 3:5
“Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but ME: for there is no SAVIOR beside ME.” Hosea 13:4

When a wife and mother heads down the wrong path the whole household is damaged and family values become an enigma. Throughout history countless men have gotten away with Buzzing like bees; flying from bush to bush, dropping seed into naïve women and leaving them entrenched in muck. Hosea’s predicament flips the typical script; it is a show-and-tell not only for the prophet himself, but also for Israel and the world entire. The prophet of the LORD will see firsthand how GOD grieves when we are disloyal to HIM.