I absolutely enjoyed studying the book of Hosea last week. It is an incredible story of God’s faithful, redeeming love towards his unfaithful people. It goes a little something like this…
Hosea, go marry an adulterous woman
with a really weird name (Gomer)!
What? Are you sure God?
Your marriage will be an example to Israel of their unfaithfulness
Thanks for the opportunity, I think.
Hosea, I want you to name the children to be born:
1)after an old place of shame 2)no mercy 3)not mine
O.K. if you say so!
Hosea, my people have been unfaithful, they are a disgrace.
Please be merciful God!
Oh Hosea, by the way, I still love them and want them to be mine.
Thank you Lord for your unending grace!
I want to bring my loved ones back,
turn their shame to hope, give a fresh start…
God you are so good to us!
Hosea, bring your adulterous wife back home,
go love her like I love my people.
It would be my honor Lord!
Hosea, even though she is your wife, and you love her,
you will have to pay a price to redeem her.
That’s fine Lord, no price is to great for my love!
One day your Redeemer will pay a great price,
the life of His Son, to redeem his people.
Forgive and save us O Lord!
Here is my talk from Cornerstone on this: 1-23-2011 Scandalous: Hosea