Hosea provides an allegory of Israel going into an adulterous relationship, then later returning to God. His son's name, Jezreel, means "God sows". God will initially sow destruction, then later will sow restoration.
Before his retirement in 2021, Dr. Donald Ward pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, and taught at Ambassador Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the Council of Elders of the United Church of God. He holds a BS degree; a BA in theology; a MS degree; a doctor’s degree in education from East Texas State University; and has completed 18 hours of graduate theology from SMU.