Hosea 6:4,6 (NLT)
4 “O Israel and Judah, what should I do with you?” asks the Lord. “For your love vanishes like the morning mist and disappears like dew in the sunlight… 6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.”
The book of Hosea is essentially a love story that has more twists and turns than any Hollywood blockbuster. Central to the story is the boundless love that God has for His wayward and unrepentant Isreal.
“Even though the failed and restored marriage of Hosea and Gomer is present only in the first three chapters, the controlling metaphor of covenant Israel as an unfaithful wife exerts an implied presence throughout the book.”
 Leland Ryken and Philip Graham Ryken, eds., introduction to Hosea, “Format and Distinguishing Features,” The Literary Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007).