Love displayed in the book of Hosea
Updated: Aug 24
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. It should never be out of just a religious duty that we cultivate time with God. This is actually for our benefit.