Transcript of Zac Poonen’s teaching on ‘Book of Hosea’ and ‘Book of Joel’ which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
Let’s turn now to the book of Hosea. These are what are commonly known as the Minor Prophets. Hosea was a prophet to Israel primarily. And in Hosea’s ministry, we learned something very interesting. The theme and the subject of this book is — this prophecy is — we could say, spiritual adultery and God’s unchanging love.
It’s a tremendous book that displays God’s relationship with His people like a husband to a wife, and how that wife was thoroughly unfaithful to Him and how He continued to love. Even in the Old Testament, Israel was called the bride of Jehovah, and the relationship between God and man was pictured in the Old Testament as that of a husband and wife, like a marriage relationship.
Just like today, our relationship with Christ is like a marriage relationship. And just like in a marriage, if the wife loves other men and serves other men and wants to please other men, she is unfaithful to her husband. She is called an adulteress.
It’s the same in our relationship with the Lord. When we love money, we are spiritual adulteresses. That’s another husband. When we love the honor of this world, that’s another man trying to win our attention. When we love pleasure, that’s another man trying to win our interest.
And when we love any of these other men, we have become adulteresses. That’s why James says, ‘You adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God.’ And Hosea deals with that subject, and he learned it in a very painful way.
You know, what we see in Hosea, perhaps more than in any other prophet, is God trying to make His servant feel His heart. This is the principle of true prophetic ministry. Even in the New Testament, we have to feel towards God’s people the way God feels towards them. We have to look at God’s people the way God looks at them. Otherwise, we will be just preachers who are preaching something which may be true, but without the feeling that God has towards His people.