The theme of Hosea is God’s loyal love for His covenant people, Israel, in spite of their idolatry. Thus Hoseahas been called the St. John (the apostle of love) of the OT. The Lord’s true love for His people is unending
and will tolerate no rival. Hosea’s message contains much condemnation, both national and individual, but at the same time, he poignantly portrays the love of God toward His people with passionate emotion. Hosea was instructed by God to marry a certain woman, and experience with her a domestic life which was a dramatization of the sin and unfaithfulness of Israel. The marital life of Hosea and his wife, Gomer, provide the rich metaphor which clarifies the themes of the book: sin, judgment, and forgiving love.
- John MacArthur