Israel has no King!
For now they shall say, We have no king, because we
feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?
Hosea 10:3 (Spoke 6, Cycle 2)
The names of the first two books on Spoke 6 - Joshua and Hosea - are closely related. In fact,
Hosea is the original name of Joshua Ben Nun:
And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the
people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.
This reveals a strong Biblical relation between the names of the first two books on Spoke 6.
The alternate spelling Hosea/Hoshea is due to the choice of the translator. They both correspond to
the same underlying Hebrew word, as does the name of the last King of Israel - Hoshea:
And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was
the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king
of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it. And at the end
of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of
Hezekiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken.
And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them
in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:
Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant,
and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.
2 Kings 18:9ff
It is a deep mystery that one of the primary themes of Hosea is Israel's loss of her King. We read:
- Hosea 3.4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king,
and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod,
and without teraphim:
- Hosea 10.15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a
morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.
- Hosea 13.10 I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in
all thy cities? and thy judges
of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?
- Hosea 13.11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.
These words were all written before the end of the Kingdom! They are prophecy!
There is no way - except divine inspiration -
to explain the "coincidence" that both the name and the theme of the Book of Hosea refer to the
last King of Israel.
The final verse (Hosea 13.11) is particularly intringuing. God Himself now declaring in the Book of Hosea exactly what
He did to King Hoshea! This is the Word of the Lord.
Trangression of the Covenant
The reason given when Israel was taken away in Hosea 10.3 (above) is identitical to the reason
given in II Kings when Hosea was taken away to Assyria -
because they obeyed not the Lord their God! We have, in fact, a KeyLink between Joshua and Hosea based
on the phrase ("transgressed the covenant") [Verify]
|And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt
with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of
the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
||But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt
treacherously against me.
We have the KeyLink:
|KeyLink: Transgressed the Covenant|
This KeyLink is amplified in the thematic link based on the very similar phrase
("transgressed my covenant") [Verify] which appears in only four verses, the first and last
of which are on Spoke 6 in Joshua and Hosea.
The Valley of Achor
The KeyLink above connects Hosea to the verse in Joshua that speaks of the Sin of Achor, which was memorialized with
his destruction in the Valley of Achor, which also is a near KeyLink between Joshua and Hosea, its only
other appearance being found in Isaiah 65. A true Keylink appears in the set
("Valley of Achor", Day*) [Verify] :
|KeyLink: The Valley of Achor|