February the month of love. We started a new study in Sunday School yesterday, a study on the outrageous love God has for us. It amazing to me how often we put restraints on God's love, like oh God wouldn't that. So, I began I posed the question whats the craziest thing you ever did for love? This makes me laugh, I have done some crazy things for love - stayed up all night knowing I have work the next day, driven many miles for only a few hours together, this list could go on for a while. And then we read our first verses.....
2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
and they looked at me the teacher and I looked at them and said "Yes, God said "Hosea go marry a whore." Now, it takes a while to get over this shock. And we question God and our mind does circles. Sexual acts, sins, talk in general - there not ok - people in church don't have sex....right.
But once you get over that and in to this part - "this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord". And I studied these verses last week, it wasn't until later in my study that I realized that I was not Hosea the God like prophet, but instead Gomer the promiscuous women. And you sink lower and lower in your chair, when you realize you have CHEATED on God! Money, family, work, sleep, food....the list goes on....become more important and you put God to the side.
But there is more to the story, thankful. Hosea faces humiliation, embarrassment, loss, pain, and sadness when he has to go and buy his wife back as she has fallen in to slavery.
Hosea 3: 1 The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.
Just as we had to be bought by Jesus.......
(And we think the Bible is out of touch with today's society. As I told my class, God knows how much we like drama.)
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