The book of Hosea is one of the great love stories in the Bible – a drama of persistent love in the face of rejection. The focus of Hosea is a people that love the world through their misplaced affections.
Hosea was commanded to do the unthinkable – marry a harlot. His home would be a picture of spiritual harlotry, to declare Israel’s spiritual condition. Astonishingly, this situation is meant to describe the magnificence of the love of God. It is a story of betrayal and despising the marriage covenant contrasted with salvation and God’s faithfulness, patience, and mercy. In short, Hosea shows us just how faithful God is to the unfaithful. God chose us when we were dead in our sins and loved us to the end.