Dennis Wiens
March 10, 2013
Dennis Wiens
Pastor

Passage

Hosea 1

The books of the minor prophets, often overlooked and ignored, actually have a great deal to say to people today, whether you are a follower of Jesus or not. In this message we begin our series entitled, "Major Messages from the Minor Prophets" by stepping into the book of Hosea, canonically the first of the twelve books of the minor prophets. What we are confronted with immediately is the reality of our unfaithfulness to the God who created us to be in a covenant relationship with him. Our unfaithfulness means judgment but even in the face of that pronouncement, a great note of hope is sounded loudly, pointing ultimately to Jesus, the one who came to save us from judgment and restore our relationship to God. In the opening chapter we witness the prophet Hosea who, in obedience to Yahweh, lives out symbolically the tragedy of God's relationship with his unfaithful people, the people of the northern tribes of Israel. Even Hosea's children are included in the symbolism that points to the ominous consequences of Israel's spiritual promiscuity. But even in the face of the wreckage of Israel's relationship to Yahweh we discover a hint of a great reversal that is yet to come, ultimately in the work of Jesus.