God promised to protect Israel, but the kings of Israel drained their own people to buy weapons and protection from foreign lords instead. God is angry. The prophet Hosea calls this type of idolatrous foreign policy "adultery." So the book of Hosea asks an unsettling question: "What will God do when his bride becomes a whore?" But the book of Hosea also gives a disturbingly gracious answer: "God's compassion is far hotter than his wrath." See how Hosea points us to Jesus as the husband who buys us out of our political adultery and loves us with great compassion.
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