She Shares Truth- Hosea

IMG_4879Hosea.

Oh, Hosea.

I am not going to lie, the first time I read you through with the SRT community I was bored. That was in May 2013, over a year ago. Maybe it wasn’t the right time for me, maybe I had to experience other things to really understand. I’m not sure, but I do know this time was different. Very different.

In case you don’t know, Shelby is Old English for “sheltered town”, not sure what that says about me but my husband’s name is Travis Foster, meaning “traveler” and “through the woods”. We joke that our names together mean he traveled through the woods to find me, his sheltered town. Now, my parent’s didn’t name me Shelby because of the meaning, in fact they had no idea what it meant. Travis was named after some author and his middle name is a family name. The names in Hosea, mean EVERYTHING.

Hosea= Salvation

Gomer=Completion

Jezreel= God Sows

Lo-ruhama= No mercy, unfit and unloved

Lo-ammi= Not my people

These names are kind of a big deal. And although we only talk about these specific people for the first 3 chapters, it is the over arching story that really identifies with these names. Hosea, as a prophet is telling the people of Israel to come back to God, though they have strayed and fallen short and God is pretty upset with them. He will not fail them no matter how often they fail Him. God speaks of the people of Israel as though they are unfit for His love, and they continually fail to be His people and yet.

“So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.” Hosea 12:4 (ESV)

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I don’t know about you, but I need this plastered on my wall. Hold fast to love and justice. He is LOVE and JUSTICE. When we hold on to these things we are holding on to HIM.

Think about that.

No matter the amount of screwing up I do on a daily basis, which is A. LOT. I can find peace in the fact, not the idea but fact, that God has not changed. He is Love. and He is Good. and He is Justice. and He is Mercy. and He is Grace. When I don’t deserve it. He is.

The best news, is in 2 Corinthians.

“Therefore, if ANYONE is in Christ, he is a NEW creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

emphasis is mine

Um. Wow. Jesus is at every point of mercy in Hosea. It took me a while to see Him, but through the hurt and anger. I saw Jesus and he was weeping.

hosea-SSTWhat did I get out of Hosea? Well, I like to think that I am a good person, heck by everyone’s low standards I am. But to God’s standard I fail everyday. Realizing that can get a girl down. It’s not fair that I can’t be perfect, no matter how hard I try. The line from the bible study that really gives Hosea, perspective to me is, “we cannot really understand the gospel without the very real and difficult realization of sin.”

God has been challenging me to see the links between the Old and the New, see His unchanging love and justice in Genesis through the Prophets. See how Jesus’ mercy is present in Hosea. How the law and Jesus teaching relate. Now, I am no theologian (my husband is) but 99% of this is way over my head. Thankfully, He is showing me tiny pieces and I hope at some time in the future I can really understand it. But what I know is God is faithful and unchanging. He is still the jealous of Exodus but He is also the forgiving Father who accepts us through Jesus’ sacrifice. Without the fall, would we know grace?

Music plays a huge part for me in worship. Mind you I never sing in front of anyone, except my husband. I was practically wailing when I played ‘After the Storm’ by Mumford & Sons on this day…the words in this song remind me of the story of Hosea

 

Take a minute to really listen to these words. What do you hear?

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11 thoughts on “She Shares Truth- Hosea

  1. “Jesus is at every point of mercy in Hosea. It took me a while to see Him, but through the hurt and anger. I saw Jesus and he was weeping.”

    That is beautiful. For us to see Jesus is really what it is all about.

    So grateful for this study! A hard good grace filled word!

    -stacey

    1. Nannette, Thank you for your comment. I hoped to share a little bit about Hosea, so those who have little idea of what the story is about would understand my viewpoint.Thank you again and have a blessed weekend, Shelby

  2. This is beautiful, Shelby! I LOVE that the significance of names in Hosea is something that stuck with you, because it’s one of my favorite parts, too! I’m so thankful for everything God has been teaching you during this study and loved getting to experience it together!

    xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    1. Thank You Kaitlin, for the comment. I am not usually one to comment on the studies or participate in the She Shares Truth. But THIS journey through Hosea was amazing and challenging.

  3. Thanks for sharing your heart this morning Shelby! I love you way you broke out the different names in Hosea and what they mean. Amen for grace and mercy and being made NEW!

  4. How Great is our God, oh yes how Great is our God. Is the words I hear over and over in my head. His mercy and his love for us will never end and that is something that fills me with joy and allows me to want to live a pure life for him. I know we are never going to be perfect, but all he wants us to do is to try and to enjoy trying to live a life that is pleasing to him.

  5. I hear grace, and forgiveness. While it’s not the first time I’ve heard that song, but I’m not sure I ever stopped to think about it, to really listen. Thank you for sharing your reflection on Hosea and the Mumford & Sons song.

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