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A Mentor Commentary: Hosea
Author: John L. Mackay
Category: Commentaries

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Like a wife unfaithful to her husband so Israel was unfaithful to the LORD. This is vividly illustrated in the book of Hosea where Hosea's own marriage represents Israel's relationship with the LORD.

In worldly terms it appears that life is going well for God's people. The Northern Kingdom had been going through a time of great economic stability and security. However this does not lead the people of Israel to give thanks to the Lord who is the provider of such blessings but rather they fall straight into the arms of the heathen idol Baal. Despite their unfaithfulness, the Lord does not give up on them, but rather he speaks to them in grace and mercy. Through the use of metaphors, Hosea brings an uncomfortable yet vital message to warn them of impending judgment if they do not return to Yahweh, the one true God. Hosea shows that God's constant love and perfect judgment, when put together, restores his relationship with his people. This prophecy is a book of hope for us today because it reminds us of God's unfailing and faithful love for his people down through the ages even when they fail and fall so badly. Here is grace indeed!

The Mentor Commentary is an exegetical commentary, with authors who hold a high view of Scripture. This means it takes a verse-by-verse approach to examining and explaining each text that comes from the ancient languages. Greek and Hebrew words are discussed, but no language training is necessary. What you get is refreshing new insight into each verse. In Wordsearch, these volumes contain tons of Scripture cross-references that are all hyperlinks. By simply hovering your cursor over each link, you can quickly read each reference in its entirety.

About the Author:
John L. Mackay was the Principal of the Free Church College, Edinburgh where he taught Old Testament from 1983 until his retirement in 2013. He is a highly-respected Old Testament scholar and has authored several well-received commentaries on a range of Biblical books.