Love displayed in the book of Hosea
Updated: Oct 12, 2020
The story of Hosea portrays a story of a man who was told to marry a prostitute and show her love and stay married to her despite her adultery. We were all walking according to the course of this world, because we were born into a sin nature, but God loved us and chose us. Because of the Lord's love, He will come in between all of the things we make our idols. There are things HE has supplied for us; and instead of giving HIM the glory and thanking Him, we worship these things. At times we seek other things more than our Creator. This burdens the heart of God. We see how His character is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The Lord said He would draw Israel back to Him through righteousness, judgment, loving kindness and mercy. The nation at the time was filled with immortality and abominations. The Lord knew the only way they would turn to Him and seek Him is if affliction came upon them. It's interesting we see many afflictions in our day happening worldwide that the Lord in His Sovereignty has allowed. We must repent, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways.
We see examples of our sowing and reaping. When we sow to sin and to our flesh we reap the indignation of God. He is holy and just and therefore has to punish wickedness.
“They have planted the wind and will harvest the whirlwind. The stalks of grain wither and produce nothing to eat. And even if there is any grain, foreigners will eat it. The people of Israel have been swallowed up; they lie among the nations like an old discarded pot." (8:7-8)
The time of Israel’s punishment has come. In their great sin and hostility, they called the prophets who warned them crazy and foolish. At first the Lord was greatly pleased with Israel. He compared them to fresh grapes in the desert, their ancestors to the first ripe figs of the season. Until they deserted God for Baal-peor, giving themselves to that shameful idol. Through it all God lovingly warned them through His prophet Hosea to give them a chance to turn from their idol worship and abominations.
Romans 5 tells us how God has clearly shown and proved His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Through His blood we are declared free of the guilt of sin. We are justified and will be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
"Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."
Living in fear of sinning against the Spirit is not what God wants us to do. Perfect love casts out all fear. The Holy Spirit does not come to live in you, because you are sinless, but when you allow him to fill you and immerse you (the word baptism means “immersion”) you will sin less. Focus more on building your relationship with Him, than living in fear of sinning against Him. As believers we can sin against the Holy Spirit by limiting Him, grieving Him, quenching Him and even resisting Him. God knew that you would not be perfect when he came to live in you. None of your faults, mistakes, or even sins come as a surprise. If we repent and turn to Him, intimacy will be restored.
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
This is the first commandment. Do you really want to know God? Do you really want to find Him? The first thing you must do is get rid of other idols. Change your priorities. Read the Word of God allow Him to speak to you. Seek the Lord in prayer, speak to Him.
Ephesians 1:4 tells us that even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
He says in John 15:16 you didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:2
In Hosea 2:19-20 the Lord says
I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the Lord.
So God is love, why than does wrath come upon those who practice evil and unrighteousness? When rules aren't enforced, moral is lost. If there are no penalties, people will do whatever they want. How could God be a good god if He didn’t punish wickedness, if He didn't punish those who committed crimes like sex trafficking? He must make it right in the end or else He would be a corrupt judge.
Emmanuel is interpreted as God with us. The love of God is so great; He manifested Himself in the flesh as fully God and fully man to pay the penalty for our sins. He came to free us. He came to have fellowship with us. When the veil was torn, it symbolized the veil in the Old Testament the high priest would have to go in and sacrifice a spotless lamb. Now we don't have to go through an earthly priest, but have direct access through Jesus to come boldly before the throne and receive grace in our time of need. His grace was poured out upon us. We couldn't earn our way towards righteousness, but through His unmerited favor we can now be saved.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." 《Romans 8:28》
You were created in love, for love by the one who is love.
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."
Many are angry with God. They find Him cruel or think He has orchestrated all the wrong in their life. Believing these theories, takes away from who He really is; the righteous God who mercifully gave us His Son to justify us.
You can not force somebody to love you, you can find somebody off the street and kidnap them and hold them hostage and try to force them into loving you, but it wont work. We all know that would be a lifetime in jail for kidnapping, abusing and manipulating somebody in that way, because that is not what love does. God demonstrated His love when He sent Jesus to die for us.
"But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
"I'm convinced that most men don't know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man's atrocities, but wouldn't dream of imprisoning a mother for her son's crime?"
"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"
《1 John 4:16-20》
He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
Hebrews 9 speaks of how Christ has now become the High Priest. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. Under the old system, the blood and ashes of certain animals could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve disobeyed and now to sin we've all become slaves. The offering of Christ sinless, perfect life was the payment to set us free from the penalty of the sins we were born into.
Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead. The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect. That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. According to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people.
You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.
Studying the moral law, sacrifices for atonement etc shows what Christ came to fulfill as the great High Priest. Jesus is the one who is seated in the place of honor at the right hand of the throne of God in heaven. The Lord's plan was to imprint His laws upon our minds, and engrave them upon our hearts. "And I will be their God, And they shall be My people."
A tabernacle was put up, a lamp stand and a table with its loaves of sacred showbread; this is called the Holy Place. Behind the second veil there was another tabernacle known as the Holy of Holies, which had the golden altar of incense and the Ark of the Covenant covered entirely with gold. This contained a golden jar that held the manna, and the rod of Aaron that sprouted, and the tablets of 10 commandments. Above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat.
Only the high priest can enter The Holy of Holies, and only once a year, and never without bringing a sacrifice of blood, which he offers as a substitutionary atonement for himself and burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin.
Jesus came to do the will of God; to fulfill what is written in accordance with the will of God. We who believe in the message of salvation have been sanctified, set apart as holy, for God and His purposes through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Christ, having offered the one sacrifice the all-sufficient sacrifice of Himself, for sins for all time, sat down, signifying the completion of atonement for sin at the right hand of God, the position of honor, waiting from that time onward until his enemies are made a footstool for His feet.
For by the one offering He has perfected forever and completely cleansed those who are being sanctified, bringing each believer to spiritual completion and maturity. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will inscribe them".
God must be our first love. He rebuked the church of Laodecia in Revelations for forsaking their first love. The first commandment is to have no other gods before Him. Do you delight in someone else more than the Lord? Who is the first person that comes to your mind? Who do you go to bed thinking about? Who do you wake up thinking about? Are you thanking God for the day? Have you grown lukewarm? Do you take sin lightly? Do you make excuses to do things you know are displeasing to God? Do you lie when you know it's wrong? We can't take this lightly. You can do things that no one may know about, but He sees all and knows all. Don't abandon your first love.