Hosea Questions and Answers
Book of Hosea Questions and Answers
The book of Hosea is one of the minor prophets. This book tells about the prophet Hosea and his unfaithful wife Gomer which he was to love unconditionally as a sign of God’s unconditional love to the nation of Israel.
Hosea was to married to a whore in the book of Hosea 1:2. Why? The nation of Israel was determined to leave their God and served idols despite all of the love and care that God continually showed them. This is spiritual adultery. The prophet Hosea was to be married to whore as a sign to the nation of Israel that the same way she treated Hosea was just like the nation of Israel was treating God.
Why was God not God to Hosea in Hosea 1:9? The question is mixed up. But in the verse, God tells Hosea to call his son Loammi, meaning “You are not my people, I am not your God.” This was a sign to the nation of Israel due to their idolatry and wickedness, and how God felt about them at that time in history.
Are they talking about Gomer in Hosea 2:2? Yes, they are.
Who was God talking about in Hosea 2? Gomer, Hosea’s wife, who left him to go back into the life of prostitution. In chapter 1, God commands Hosea to take unto him a prostitute for a wife. It was a sign to the nation of Israel, that, though they were idolaters (spiritual whoredom), God wanted them to return to him.
Was God telling the people in Hosea 3:1 to commit adultery? No He was telling the prophet to love his cheating wife Gomer.
What is an ehpod and teraphim in Hosea 3:4? An ephod was used to determine God’s mined in Old Testament times. Teraphim is a reference to idols.
What land are they talking about in Hosea 4:1? This is the land of Israel. The nation as a whole rejected God.
Why are they going to destroy “thy mother” in Hosea 4:5? “Thy mother” is a reference to the capital – Jerusalem. The people rejected God and He intends to punish them by destroying them.
In Hosea 4 they are talking about the people do very bad things. Yes, some of the things the people were doing were: swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery.
What is Mizpah and Tabor in Hosea 5:1? Mizpah an area of land was situated beyond Jordan; in the mountains of Gilead. Tabor was a beautiful mountain in the tribe of Zebulon. Both places were known for good hunting.
Who or what is Ephraim in Hosea 5:3? Ephraim is a reference to the tribes Ephraim, the Manasseh and Benjamin.
What do they mean “frame their doing” in Hosea 5:4? “Frame” here means to “create or formulate a system or plan.
Did some eat strange children in Hosea 5:7? No, but in a very short time, i.e. a month, they were going to be destroyed.
Who or what is Ephraim in Hosea 6:4? Ephraim is a reference to part of the nation of Israel.
Was God talking in Hosea 7, all of chapter 7? Yes, as far as I can tell, He is.
Who will come as an eagle in Hosea 8:1? The invaders, specifically the Assyrians.
What was wrong with the people back then that they had to travel 41 years before they got to the land? I don’t understand your question. This may be a reference to the forty years of wandering in the wilderness.
What does it mean “Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure”, in Hosea 8:8? Because rejected God, He will made sure that they will be carried out of their own country and dispersed among the nations. They will be looked upon by contempt by all because God cast them off.
In Hosea 8:14 God will set fire upon the cities, is this to come or did He already do it? This was fulfilled when the Assyrians took the Israelites into captivity and destroyed their cities.
Did the people in Hosea chapter 9 ever turn back to God? No, not as a nation. Even today the Jews do not worship Jesus as God’s Son.
What are “goodly images” in Hosea 10:1? This is a reference to very expensive, ornate, costly idols.
It sounds like in the book of Hosea chapter 10 that they were talking about plowing. Yes, God is using the idea of farming to describe Israel. He describes them as a vine and uses farming terms to describe their actions.
What was the prophecy in Hosea 11:1? This is a reference to when Jesus was a baby and Mary and Joseph went to Egypt for a time to be safe from Herod who was murdering all of the babies two years old and younger. Matthew 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
In Hosea 11:3 is God talking? Yes, He is talking through Hosea?
In Hosea 11 in parts God could be talking about people backsliding today. Yes, it is applicable to today.
What power over what angel in Hosea 12:4? “He” refers to Jacob when he wrestled with an angel in Genesis 28. Jacob would not allow the angel to leave him until the angel blessed him.
What provoked Ephraim to anger in Hosea 12:14? Ephraim provoked God to anger by his idolatries and other sins.
What was God talking about in Hosea 13 about animals? God was comparing His actions and His anger in response to the sons of the Jews to the violent actions of wild animals.
What are “calves of our lips” in Hosea 14:2? “Calves of our lips” the sacrifices of thanksgiving with our lips. “Calves” has a sense of a sacrifice.
What does Lebanon got to do with anything in Hosea 14:5-6? Lebanon is known for its deeply rooted stately cedars. The stability of a tree is its root system so those that turn back to God He will establish them similar to like the stately cedars of Lebanon.
Did they turn back to God in Hosea 14? Not necessarily. These were the promises from God for what He will do for those that come back to Him.
Finished with the account of Hosea and Gomer in the book of Hosea? Continue with the book of Joel.