Hosea: “The Lord Saves”
Hosea cannot bear to speak of judgement without speaking of redemption. For this reason, we think of Hosea as the prophet with the biggest heart.
Continuing a theme detected in Amos, Hosea expounds on the ripening evil of the Kingdom of Israel, and is commanded to take a harlot as his wife, to illustrate with his life amidst his countrymen the pain of estrangement that exists between God and his people.
We encounter the three children: Scattered, Unpitied, and Stranger.
In Chapters 1 and 2 we see fine examples of Chiasm, Chapter 3 clarifies and specifies the situation in Hosea’s immediate future.
The Chapters 4 through 10 are meditations on the events of Hosea’s day.