Hoshea One: Family

“The word of the Lord which came to Hosea the son of Beeri in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel (Hosea 1:1).” With this introduction to our newest prophet, we kick off the book of Hosea. We hear about Hosea’s first prophecy, when God tells him to take a harlot for a wife. He obeys, and marries Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim. They have a son named after Jezreel. Then they have a daughter named Lo-ruhamah, followed by another son, Lo-ammi. This is the first prophet that we get a description of his family and private life. Does this mean that Hosea will be more humanized?

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