Over chicken nuggets and waffle fries, we open the book of Hosea and jump in with timid feet and salty fingers.
We flip pages and toss around words like harlot and prostitute and sinner and wrongdoer.
Personal thoughts seem mingled with God’s words and broken hearts are splattered all over each page that we turn.
Where do Hosea’s feelings end and God’s words for His people begin?
Hosea intermingles his words and his own heartbreak echoes in his prophecy for Israel.
…”For their mother has played the harlot; She who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, And I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths. She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my first husband, For it was better for me then than now!” Hosea 2: 5-7
I squirm in my seat and squeeze my napkin for mercy knows, I know this harlot. I know her intimately. This woman who looks around her and sees all that she could have. This woman who sincerely longs for what the Lord has not chosen for her. She’s me.
Is she you, too?
And then Hosea speaks again and love pours out and this time it’s most certainly God’s love dripping from his lips.
“I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In loving kindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD…
I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ and they will say, “You are my God!” Hosea 2: 19, 23
Pure love. Pure restoration. Pure faithfulness.
God’s love covers all of my infidelity.
And that, my dear friends, is good news indeed.
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