So I have been doing much thinking about Hosea and the more I think about it the more amazed I get that God would ask one of His followers to do what He asked Hosea to do. While Nate was doing the scripture reading last week and he put the words "Whoredom" "whoredom" "whoredom" three times on his chest as he read the words of the beginning verses of Hosea I was hit by how appropriate that was. Following his marriage to Gomer I am certain that everyone would see those labels on the chest of Hosea as he walked down the street, as he talked with people day to day, as he told other about the love of God. Without question, people behind his back would say "Isn't that the guy that married Gomer? Gomer the w--re."
And yet think about the people who God loves and how much he loves them. I say them, but of course I mean us ( or me to be exact.). I would probably never call myself the name that God called His people...and yet I know that it would be appropriate at times. I know that at times I have taken the love of God for granted. I have taken the things that He has given me and used them to pursue other lovers or false gods...we all have.
Yes I believe that people would look at Hosea and consider who he had chosen to marry, I also believe that it is stunning that God has chosen to love us. hehas chosen to be faithful to us even though we consistently choose to be faithless to Him and give our love to other things.
By the way, in studying for our message this coming Sunday I have been moved by the passages. I feel that on Sunday night we might possibly see the heart of God more from these passages than from any other passages I have ever spoken on. I hope you will join us.