Hosea: Prophet of Mercy
by David Hocking
Hosea centers its attention upon the need to “Return to the Lord”! It is a fascination story of repentance, forgiveness, and restoration of the Nation of Israel. There are severe warnings in the book about what Israel faces in the prophetic future. Because of the mercy of God there is hope.
The message of this book is quoted quite often in the New Testament—we all need to know the wonderful mercy of God who holds back what we really deserve. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”