This song is not about some dude named José.  The Old Testament story of Hosea paints a powerful picture of the stubborn, pursuing, renewing love of God.  Hosea is told by God to marry a runaround, no-good, heartless woman.  Hosea obeys, and I can’t help thinking that he must not have enjoyed it much.  He was probably humiliated, scorned by his friends, not to mention heartbroken by his new wife, Gomer.  Even Noah, though mocked for building a giant boat in the middle of a desert, at least kept a little dignity, could feel like a man.  But there was Hosea, alone in bed while his wife caroused, and everyone knew it.  All because God wanted to make a point.  After Gomer ran off with another man, God sent Hosea to buy her back and bring her home.  Then God said about Israel, about us, dead in our sin: “…I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.  There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.  There she will sing as in the days of her youth…”  The word Achor means “trouble”.  From the ashes of the Valley of Trouble came new life, green and lush.  Forgiveness. Rest. Resurrection.


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One Response to “Hosea”

  1. Luke Says:

    I find it fascinating that “Hosea” was also the original name of Joshua, Moses’ apprentice. Moses renamed him Joshua (Numbers 13:6). “Hosea” means “salvation,” whereas Joshua means, “Yahweh is salvation.” Joshua was also the Hebrew name of Jesus.

    Hosea really is a prototype of Jesus, not just by name association. He is the groom who comes to make his bride clean on the inside.

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