The Adulterous Wife!
Scripture reading for September 4th: Hosea 1-3
Hosea was a unique prophet called by God to let his whole life, his marriage, and his children be a prophetic word to God’s people. Hosea was told by God to marry an adulterous woman named Gomer. God’s plan was to show Israel how they behaved toward Him and give them a visual picture of His love for them. (Hosea 1:2)
Hosea married Gomer and took her as his wife. She conceived and bore him a son. The Lord told Hosea to call the son “Jezreel”, because He was going to punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel and put an end to the kingdom of Israel. (Hosea 1:4) Gomer also had two daughters and they were also named by the Lord. One was Lo-Ruhamah which meant “no love left” and the other was “Lo-Ammi” which meant “not my people”. God was telling Israel about a coming judgment on their nation and He wanted them to be reminded every time they saw the prophet and his family. (Hosea 1:4-8)
As I reflect on this story, I am reminded we are just like the Israelites. We have been in spiritual adultery and unfaithful to God in many ways. We have not obeyed His command to be filled with His Spirit and to go out into the world and be His witnesses. We have run after gods of pleasure instead of wholeheartedly keeping ourselves for Him. Just as Gomer ran after other lovers who offered her food, and clothes and drinks, so we have not walked faithfully before our God. (Hosea 2:5-6) We have not recognized that God is the real provider of all the good things He has provided. (Hosea 2:8)
However, as Hosea was commanded to take back his unfaithful wife and buy her back from the slave market, so God has done the same for us! (Hosea 3:1-2) Jesus died to buy us back from slavery, demonstrating His love for us! (Romans 5:8) As Hosea told Gomer to leave her life of adultery and he would live with her, God tells us to depart from sin and live a holy life if we want to see the Lord! (1st Peter 1:14-15) Jesus Christ is coming back for His Bride, the Church! She will be a glorious Church, without spot or wrinkle, clothed in the white linen of His righteousness! Check your life today!