Bible Question:

What is the message of Job and Hosea? What message did God want Jonah to take to Nineveh?

Bible Answer:

The books of Job, Hosea and Jonah are unique in that they deal with personal trials.

Job

Job suffered not because he did wrong, but because he was blameless (Job 1:1, 8; 2:3),

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God, and turning away from evil. (NASB) Job 1:1

His suffering brought God glory. It is a great book to read.

Hosea

This book illustrates God’s love for Israel. Hosea was married to a prostitute. Can you imagine the inner emotional struggles of the prophet Hosea? Just imagine how he must have felt. That is how God felt towards Israel when they left the one and only true God and worshipped “no-gods,” that is, idols. This book illustrates God’s love (Hosea 11:1-14:9) for those who play the prostitute and go after other gods.

Jonah

A previous question describes the entire book of Jonah. Jonah struggled because he hated the Ninevites.

The Appendix A of Solid Roots Study #1 provides an overview of all of the books of the Bible. You may find this helpful as a quick reference.

Conclusion:

These are the stories of three men who suffered. Two men struggled even though they did no wrong. Job gave glory to God by being an example to Satan (Job 1:8; 2:3) and Hosea gave glory to God by illustrating God’s love for Israel as well as for us. However, Jonah suffered because he sinned. Have you ever wondered if you are suffering because you sinned? Job and Hosea show us that we can suffer even if we are “blameless.” Praise God that we can glorify Him in our suffering.