Hosea wrote his prophecies about 670 years before Christ. He was married to a woman Gomer who was repeatedly unfaithful to him. Eventually Gomer ended up enslaved in a brothel. While she lived with Hosea, she bore him three children. Hosea was to parallel his treatment of Gomer with that of God to Israel and Judah.
Jezreel. No Mercy. Not My People.
It’s a hard word from the Lord that Hosea is given. A command that seems so … Strange.
Go and marry a prostitute. Have children with her.
A very important truth to take from this reading is the SERIOUSNESS with which God takes idolatry.
“… For the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.”
As idolatry and adultery sound the same in english (and maybe other languages), they are _very_ similar in intent from the Lord’s point of view.
Adultery is faithlessness, a rejecting of the singular relationship between husband and wife.
Idolatry is faithlessness, a rejecting of the singular relationship between man and God.
We read of the outworking of this in 1 John ch 2, “For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world.”
What draws us into idolatry? The lust of the flesh, of the eyes and the pride of life.
But we have a better story, a better King, a better saviour. Jesus, the groom and head of the church, has saved us from the world, and His Spirit continues to draw us toward Him and away from the world.
Revelation 22 says in these words that resound with depth and importance, “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendent on David, the bright morning star. The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come”. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”
* Father God, thank You that You call us and say to us, “Come”.
Thank You that we can drink of the water of life, which alone can quench our spiritual thirst; that we can drink without price.
Please watch over us today and onwards. Please sink us in self that we might rise in Thee.
Mark us as a faithful people, as faithful individuals – All of Your church, with King Jesus as the groom.