Hosea: Love's Complaint by Herman Veldkamp
(used paperback, 241 pp)
Jealousy, adultery, pain -- these are the themes that dominate the prophecy of Hosea. God commanded Hosea to marry a wanton woman, who then spurned her husband's love and was unfaithful to him.
In the anguish of Hosea's wounded love lies a message for Israel and for us. "The land commits great harlotry by forsaking the Lord," the prophet declares. Those seemingly pious covenant people, Hosea points out, are really no better than my faithless wife.
Against the background of this deteriorating marriage, Hosea addresses an urgent message to all of God's people, begging them to listen to the complaint raised by the Lord's wounded love. Herman Veldkamp skilfully illuminates the prophet's hard-hitting accusations.
Veldkamp shows us the dark side to Israel's propserity. Yet he also detects a note of grace, as God consistently addresses His people in the language of love. God's people will again "blossom as the lily" and "strike root as the poplar."
The late Rev. Herman Veldkamp served as a minister in the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands. He is best known as the author of many popular works on the Old Testament prophets, including The Farmer from Tekoa (Amos) and our other textbook, Dreams and Dictators (Daniel). His works were originally written in Dutch and many were later translated into English.