Hosea beautifully – and frighteningly – describes God’s loyal/covenant love for a stubborn, rebellious people.
Like any parent who loves their child more than anything, God uses Hosea to warn Israel of punishment to come so as to protect them from horrible pain.
They refused to listen.
Below is a beautiful quote from the 5th century theologian, Theodoret of Cyrrhus.
Always keep in mind: even God’s judgment is driven by his love to get us to snap out of our prideful behavior and return to his love and protection.
In her powerful retelling of Hosea, Francine Rivers, in her book, Redeeming Love, beautifully illustrates the loyal, patient love of God for us. Michael (who represents Hosea) tells Sarah (who represents rebellious Israel),
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick