Lessons of the Prophet and Prophecies

by APC on May 21, 2015

“Lessons of the Prophet and Prophecies” is the third part of our Profiles on Prophets series, which focuses on the prophet Hosea. The book of Hosea is about a love story between God and His people, archetyped by the relationship between Hosea and his unfaithful wife, Gomer. The nation of Israel was adulterous in their worship to false gods, but God offered His people reconciliation, love, mercy, and grace when justice should have been served.

Lessons of the Prophet

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, KJV).

Hosea was instructed to find a wife who would be unfaithful to him. His married life was to be an object lesson: to illustrate Israel’s unfaithfulness to God. When we think about the command given to Hosea, we consider why God would ask such a difficult thing.

God required extraordinary obedience from those who face extraordinary times. There are times in our life when God may ask us to do something that is difficult, but if we are going to follow the Lord and be used in His Kingdom, we too need to be obedient. We need to trust God that He knows the end from the beginning. He has a set path for each of His children and a known outcome—everything works together for our greater good! We also may need to face the realization that the pain we experience due to obedience may be a benefit to others!

We can learn from Hosea’s life that God will ask hard things of those who want to be used by Him.

Lessons of the Prophecy

God Hurts When We Fail

If we are going to be a disciple of Christ, this is a hard lesson for us to learn. When we develop a true relationship with Jesus Christ, and have a heart after Him, we don’t live out of fear of punishment—we live out of fear for breaking His heart. Our walk with God is all about our relationship with Him and our desire not to hurt His heart.

We are in a relationship with God likened to a marriage—God calls us His bride. The closeness that exists between a husband and a wife is the relationship God wants to have with His children.

And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shall call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali (Hosea 2:16, KJV).

In this setting of Scripture, Ishi means husband and Baali means master. God doesn’t want us to view our relationship with Him as a master, but as that of a husband who diligently loves his wife! If we realize how much our spouse can hurt us when they are unfaithful, we need to keep this in our minds for how the Lord feels when we fail Him.

Loving Something More than God is Spiritual Adultery

If there is anything that we have in life that we love more than the Lord, it is our idol. The temporary pleasure we experience when we prioritize against God will never with worth what we give up in God’s Kingdom. God always knows what we’re thinking and what we’re doing—we can’t hide anything from Him!

During this time in Israel’s history, they were engaged in worship of Baal (a false god). When Israel first inhabited the land of Canaan, God told His people to remove pagan rituals and idol worship. But, Israel didn’t listen and tolerated the practices that God hated. They eventually joined the Baal worshippers.

Whatever we tolerate in our life will be something we eventually worship. Hosea paints a picture of what people do when they choose something else over God (Hosea 2:2–5). We need to separate ourselves from the world and dedicate ourselves to the relationship we have with the Lord. We need to spend time with Him every day in prayer, read His Word, etc. We need to be on guard with our eyes, heart, and mind—focus on the Lord and nothing else!

Lessons Learned

Hosea was a faithful man of God, and endured much hardship for the betterment of God’s Kingdom. Today, we are living in the same state as the nation of Israel. There are so many distractions in life that are trying to keep us away from our relationship with God. Before we make a choice to commit spiritual adultery, or disobey the Lord’s Word, let’s take a step back and assess our situation. Will our actions break God’s heart or will they communicate our love for Him?

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on May 20, 2015