The Book of Hosea
The names Hosea, Joshua, and Jesus are all from the same Hebrew root
word. "Hosea" translates as "salvation" but "Joshua" and "Jesus"
carry an additional idea: "Yahweh Is Salvation."
Hosea offers the possibility of salvation, but only if the people
turn from idolatry. Hosea the man lived in Israel, not Judah, which
is seen in Hosea 7:5, where he refers to the leader of Israel as
Hosea himself was the author of this book, and he ministered to the
people of Israel for about 50 years. His message was: God is
displeased with sin; judgment will happen, but God's love is true.
The author, God's prophet, was directed by the Lord to marry a woman
named Gomer, who would not be faithful to her husband. Her
relationship was to be a parable of the unfaithfulness of God's