Monday, 17 June 2019
Question of the day: Hosea chapter 1 couldn't be worse. First Hosea is instructed to marry a prostitute. Then each of his sons is given an unsavory (quite uncomplimentary) name. What changes in chapter 2?
Answer: Everything! These chapters teach us the stark difference between one who is trading something for something. The prostitute gives in order to get. The prostitute is doing business. The prostitute says, "What's in it for me?"
God is the God of covenant. God wants our hearts… all of our hearts. Here's a short Hebrew lesson. Hu Echad, V’ayn Shayni, meaning "He is One, and there is no second." In French we say, Sans souci.
Rabbi Trail: I don't know French, other than a few (very few) phrases. But I want you to be well rounded, not just from a Hebrew perspective. End RT.
It makes me cry every time I read the promises God makes to restore His people. Hosea 2:21-22(19-20) "Then I will betroth you to Me forever - yes, I will betroth you to Me with righteousness, justice, covenant loyalty and compassion. I will betroth you to Me with faithfulness, and you will know Adonai.
This last word, "And you will know Adonai," is the subject of our counting the Omer blessing above today.
Hosea ends with these two verses ... Hosea 3:4-5 "For Bnei-Yisrael will remain for many days without king, without prince, without sacrifice, without sacred pillar, and without ephod or teraphim. Afterwards, Bnei-Yisrael will return, and they will seek Adonai their God and David their king. Then they will turn in awe to Adonai and to His goodness in the last days."
Verse 4 has been fulfilled. Why should we doubt that verse 5 will be fulfilled in the future? "David their (Israel's) king" is Yeshua HaMashiach. The last days are coming. How exciting.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,