The word of the LORD (YHWH) which came to Hosea the son of Beeri,
during the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah,
and during the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
In Hebrew, the name “Be’e’ri” literally means “my well” as in a well of water—an important source of life in the desert. By receiving Hosea he indeed became a well of life giving water in the spiritual desert of Israel.
In Hebrew, the name Hosea, means ‘salvation’, or ‘He saves’, or ‘He helps’. It seems to have been not an uncommon name, being derived from the verb from which we have the word salvation.
The days when Hosea was called to be a prophet were turbulent times in Israel and Judah.
In the ten-tribe kingdom and in Judah, were more than enough problems.
One murder of the king had not yet been committed, or the next was already planned.
And on the other side God’s people were proud of the peace and prosperity, but they had no regard for sins that grew with this prosperity.
Although names of mighty kings are mentioned, kings who have lived in wealth, greatness, glory, and majesty, yet before their names it says, “in the days of …” They have lived and reigned for days.
Their life was no wider than my hand, and with them, their word and their power perished.
But the Lord is an everlasting King;
His Word lasts forever
and will not move an inch.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
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