Bible Study-HO-Chapter 1
Hosea 1:1 The word of the Lord that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in ght days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
✡ Hosea means salvation.
✡ Beeri means fountain or well.
✡ Uzziah means strength of Yah.
✡ Jotham means Yahaveh is upright.
✡ Ahaz means possessor.
✡ Hezekiah means the might of Yah.
I want you to make note that the above six men are of the House of Judah and then it switches to Jeroboam and Joash of the House of Israel.
✡ Jeroboam means his people are many.
Jeroboam is king over the ten northern Tribes, the House of Israel.
✡ Joash means to whom Yah hastens.
A little history here: Jeroboam was king over Israel, the Northern Kingdom, the House of Israel, and they were all at the city of Samaria. Remember, this is the capitol of the House of Israel.
Samaria was about 30 miles north of Jerusalem and that was a pretty far piece to walk, just to get to Jerusalem for the seven yearly feast days that our Father commanded that they attend.
✡ Feast of Passover—14th Aviv (Nisan)-- March-April
✡ Feast of Unleavened Bread—15th-21st Aviv (Nisan)-- March-April
✡ Feast of First Fruits—Aviv (Nisan)-- March-April
✡ Feast of Pentecost—50 Days Sivan-- May-June
✡ Feast of Trumpets—1 Tishri-- Sept-Oct
✡ Feast of the Day of Atonement—10th Tishri-- Sept-Oct
✡ Feast of Tabernacles—15th-22nd Tishri-- Sept-Oct
So, ‘ole Jeroboam decided to build two calves made out of gold and then told the people that they didn’t have to make that long walk or journey down to Jerusalem, they could just stay at home and worship these two golden calves.
King Jeroboam told his people that they could stay at home and worship pagan idols made of gold rather than go to Jerusalem the seven times a year as our Father had commanded them to do.
This didn’t sit well with our Father and Israel, as a whole, had a long history of turning their back to the Father and taking up with the pagan gods of the surrounding nations. Hey, it included doing a lot of drinking and orgies and things of that nature and the NATURE of these human beings gave in to these temptations and off they went, on their own path and not the path of our Father.
Cool it. We’re human also and no different today.
You can see how angry our Father is from what He says in the next verse;
Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.
If you want to get out there and whore around with these people why don’t you just go and marry one of them! I mean, the land hath committed great whoredoms, the whole land of people was whoring around, ignoring our Father and His commandments, so just go ahead and dig in with them.
Hosea 1:3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
So Hosea did exactly what our Father had instructed him to do, he went out and married Gomer, a harlot, a whore, and she gave him a son.
Gomer means completeness and, in their worship of idols, it was to the point of completeness. Which is why our Father is “divorcing” them. Giving them over to their own pleasures and desires.
Diblaim means double-fig-cakes and that is usually associated with sensual pleasures.
Hosea 1:4 And the Lord said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
The only thing that our Father is going to cease is the NAME of the House of Israel, He’s not doing away with all the people. How will He do away with the name? By scattering them across the earth, thus they would be called the Ten Lost Tribes.
But they’re not lost to our Father; He knows where each and every one of them went; he knows all their children and where they are….He knows because He is Almighty and All-knowing. Nothing gets past Him.
And what about I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu? What is that referencing? Don’t overlook the fact that our Father named this little baby right after he was born, giving him the name of Jezreel. Why Jezreel?
First of all, the name Jezreel is a homonym which means that it has two meanings: the first one is may God scatter, and you can find that written in Jeremiah 31:10; and the second meaning is may God sow, and you can find that written in Zechariah 10:9:
Ref: Jeremiah 31:10 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. KJV.
Ref: Zechariah 10:9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again. KJV
He’s going to scatter them and cause their name to be forgotten but then He will bring them back and that began to happen in May, 1948 when the International borders of Israel were once again reestablished. Like it or not, the good and bad fig began to return to the land of their fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Now, Jezreel is also a name of a place long before this child was born here in Hosea and we have to go back to the book of 2nd Kings to find out what that was all about. Something important must have happened in that field long ago or our Father would not have anything to avenge and Jehu had something to do with it.
Jehu had carried out the judgment of our Father on the house of Ahab, because it accorded with his own will; but he was guilty of murder because it was not executed purely according to the will of our Father. He would have disobeyed had it not served his own interest. This is seen from the fact that he practiced Jeroboam’s idolatries, for which Ahab had been judged.
All of this happened about 320 years prior to these writings of Hosea. Our Father never forgets.
Hosea 1:5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.
Our Father will make it come to pass.
Hosea 1:6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
Keep in mind that this concerns the ten Northern Tribes, the House of Israel.
What does Lo-ruhamah mean? It means the opposite of pity and that’s love:
✡ Lo-Ruhamah_OT:3819 Lo' Ruchamah (lo roo-khaw-maw'); from OT:3808 and OT:7355; not pitied; Louchamah, the symbol. name of a son of Hosea:
And the word Lo is:
✡ Lo_ OT:3808 lo' (lo); or low' (lo); or loh (Deuteronomy 3:11) (lo); a primitive particle; not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles (as follows):
Putting these two definitions together we have not loved. This little daughter was not loved. Not loved by whom? By our Father. No mercy.
Hosea 1:7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
Father now talking about the House of Judah, the Southern Kingdom, the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
Hosea 1:8 Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.
Hosea now has a son and a daughter.
Hosea 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
✡ Lo-ammi:_OT:3818 Lo' `Ammiy (lo am-mee'); from OT:3808 and OT:5971 with pronominal suffix; not my people; Lo-Ammi, the symbolic name of a son of Hosea:
And as with Lo’ ruhamah, Lo here also means not. No love and no connection.
What’s up with this? Why is our Father saying that the son and daughter of one of His prophets is not loved or recognized by Him? Because they are of the House of Israel; constantly rejecting the love given towards them by Him. They turned away from Him and now He turns away from them.
We’re no different today. How many times have you and I turned away from Him because we wanted to do something that we knew He did not approve of? And once acted upon we think that we can push it into the cobwebs of our mind and ignore it.
Problem is it’s going to eat at you until you do something about it and the feeling of relief that we get when we confess and repent of the things that offend Him, how much better we feel about ourselves afterwards.
Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
He’s not going to toss them to the curb entirely because He still loves them, they are, after His children, just like you and I. After they were scattered they slowly came back together and formed one of the greatest countries on this earth…America. The superpower of them all.
The older I get the more sickened and disgusted I become when I see politicians like Obama, Pelosi, Reed, McConnell and Boehner. People think that there is a big difference between the Democrats and the Republicans and there is not one iota of difference. They simply fight against one another in their quest for power and leadership because that’s where the big money is.
Both parties are selling this country out for the almighty dollar. There are 534 members of Congress and the median net worth of 530 or them is $1,008,000. Just over a million dollars. Not only do they desire more, the opportunity for accumulating it, while still serving in Congress, is right before them. Thanks to the parasitic lobbyists that walk the floors.
Hosea 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel. KJV
The House of Judah and the House of Israel. All twelve Tribes will be gathered together again and you’re seeing it happen right before you today. Father said that He would plant them again in the land of their forefathers and not ever pluck them up again:
Jeremiah 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. KJV
The one head will be Jesus Christ, not only for Israel and Judah, but looking forward to the time of the end of this life, as we know it, when ALL humanity should look to Him. But, of course, they won’t.
In the 37th chapter of Ezekiel there are two sticks mentioned, one having the name of Israel written on it and the other having the name of Judah written on it. These two houses or branches will be united under our Father after the reign of the Antichrist when, like it or not, we all become one under the head of Christ.
As human beings we always inflate our own opinion of ourselves, pointing out to others what we have done for Christ or our Father, trying to make sure that we receive the recognition we think we deserve but we need to be careful and not be like Jehu.
He did what our Lord expected of him but only because it coincided with his own ambitions, wants and desires. Had he thought differently of the situation he may have disobeyed our Father because he wanted to go off in a different direction.
Patting ourselves on our own back for following our Father’s directives, only because it suits our own purposes at the time, will eventually backfire and cause our own destruction. Our Father sees the truth of our intentions even if we lie to ourselves about them.
People are taught by most religions that divorce is bad and against the laws of our Father and when someone says that He divorced Israel they might think that it’s just a metaphor, using this word “divorce”, when in actuality, He did divorce Israel with His own words:
Ref: Jeremiah 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Ref: Jeremiah 3:9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
We serve a jealous God and it makes Him very angry when we drift away from Him and begin to follow the directives of some church organization, some radical preacher or the latest trend within a society that is taught to ignore our Father's Word.
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