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After establishing the historical and theological backdrop for Hosea, the book focuses on the connection between Hoseaâ€™s marriage to Gomer and the Lordâ€™s marriage to his people. Though many were deaf to Hoseaâ€™s preaching, even the dullest could see his grief, sympathize with his sorrow, and wonder at his persistent love. Hoseaâ€™s marriage was a living sermon: What Hosea did for Gomer, God did for Israel; What Gomer did to Hosea, Israel did to God.
"Love Divine is a clear, honest, panoramic treatment of the book of Hosea, poignantly showing how Hosea and Gomerâ€™s treatment of each other reflected God and Israelâ€™s treatment of each other. Dr. Barrett excels in unfolding his views logically on solid exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological grounds. The book is compelling in its Christ-centeredness and is a masterpiece in expounding Godâ€™s loving and gracious covenant in its internal and external dimensions. Love Divine is also true to the personal experience of covenantal grace in the lives of believers. All of this makes it a sheer delight to read. Every pastor should study Love Divine before preaching from the book of Hosea, and every Christian will find it enlightening and God-glorifying." -- Joel R. Beeke