Hosea the prophet lived and spoke around the 750 BCE mark. It was a tough time in Israel’s history and dark clouds were on the horizon. Hosea’s ministry was to show, with example of his own life, how Israel had walked away from God and how much God wanted them back – indeed how faithful God was to the unfaithful.
Using his own marriage Hosea embodied the broken heart of God for his wayward people. The book reflects the boundless and changeless love that God has for this nation. It also highlights how far Israel had degenerated by chasing after false gods.
While there is much more in the book, it reminds us that God is faithful, that God longs for a relationship with us and that God is broken hearted when we turn from him. It also says that our actions have repercussions on others, including God.
I encourage you to read the book of Hosea!