After establishing the historical and theological backdrop for Hosea, the book focuses on the connection between Hoseaís marriage to Gomer and the Lordís marriage to his people. Though many were deaf to Hoseaís preaching, even the dullest could see his grief, sympathize with his sorrow, and wonder at his persistent love. Hoseaís 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 Gomerís treatment of each other reflected God and Israelís 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 Godís 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
Michael P. V. Barrett (M.A., Ph.D. Bob Jones University) is President of Geneva Reformed Seminary, the Theological Seminary of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America. He is also an ordained minister in the FPC serving as an Associate Minister of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. His other works include Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament; Complete in Him: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Gospel; The Beauty of Holiness: A Guide to Biblical Worship; and Godís Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel.