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The Prophet Hosea and the Rejection of Salvation

July 20th, 2008

“…For she [Gomer] said, I will go after my lovers…”

(Hosea 2:5)

The Old Testament Minor Prophet book of Hosea contains many  messages for God’s people.  However, there is one message which is so obvious that it may be neglected overall.  That message is contained in the very name of the prophet himself-“Hosea”.  According to J. B. Hindley (TNBC, revised, 705), “Hosea” is a variant of Joshua (Numbers 13:16), meaning Yahweh saves.”  Furthermore, we may note with literary confidence, “Jesus” (Yeshua in Aramaic) is a variation of Joshua; see (Matthew 1:21).    So, when Hosea’s wife Gomer rejected Hosea (salvation) and resorted to other lovers, she essentially rejected salvation (Yahweh saves).

Truly, the book of Hosea is a reminder to God’s people in particular, and to all men in general, that to refuse Jesus is to refuse salvation.  The Hebrew writer exhorts-“See that you do not refuse him who is speaking.  For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven” (Hebrews 12:25).

Do not reject Hosea (salvation); neither in book; nor in plan; nor in the person of the Lord himself (Eph. 5:32).

-Robert M. Housby

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