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28th March 2023

The God of Hosea


I will allure her, I will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. —

Hosea 2:14

Hosea was an Old Testament prophet that God used in a very unique way. Not only did Hosea speak the words of God, but God turned his very life and marriage into a living parable for the people of God to see and witness. The Lord had Hosea marry a prostitute named Gomer.


Although their marriage started of well, Gomer stated to have relationships with other men. Gomer descended into a very dark place. I picture her in her sinful, immoral life used up, worn out, disease-ridden, laden with sadness, with nothing left, except Hosea’s love.


The relationship between Hosea and Gomer was a picture of God’s relationship with Israel. Although Israel had been unfaithful, and she was suffering the consequences, the Lord continued to pursue her and speak tenderly to her (2:14).


As Hosea’s neighbours watched his story unfold, I imagine someone asking, “What is this irrational love?” And someone replying, “I see! Hosea loves Gomer and thankfully, God loves me!”


This is the God of Hosea. Embrace God's love, and discover just how much He loves you.

Read

Hosea 1:1-3; 2:14-20.

Prayer

My Creator and my God, thank You, that in Your love for me, You reached out to me in Jesus Christ Your Son. Amen.









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