歐瑟亞先知 • Israel has forsaken YHWH to take up the cult of other gods. • The love of God has been betrayed.
歐瑟亞先知 • Hosea has married a woman whom he loves but who deserts him; in the same way, Israel had forsaken its true lover to give herself to the Baals
歐瑟亞先知 Hos 3:1-5
歐瑟亞先知 • His own experience of the marriage union, characterized by a tender, understanding love and an unshakeable fidelity provides the insight to understand the love of YHWH
歐瑟亞先知 • For Hosea, his own painful experience becomes a symbol and a condition for his ministry as a prophet. • He is the first to use the symbol of marriage to express YHWH-Israel relationship.
歐瑟亞先知 • Faithful love: • Friendship, union, loyalty.. • Faithfulness to his covenant and kindness to his people (2:22; 6:6; 10:12; • Knowledge of God • Not intellectual but through the experience love and covenant (2:22; 4:6; 6:3;
歐瑟亞先知 • Reconciliation: • “I am going to seduce her and lead her into the desert and speak to her heart” (Hos 2:16)
歐瑟亞先知 • Our response • Hos 6:6…For faithful love is what pleases me, not sacrifice; knowledge of God, not burn offerings.
歐瑟亞先知 • Hos. 14:2-9 • I shall fall like dew on Israel, he will bloom like the lily…