Summary: Sometimes God’s unfailing love becomes tough love

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Introduction to: A Whorific Love For God

If it ever happened in today’s Christian church it would travel the gossip line right across the country. Today’s 21st century Pharisees would shake their heads in disgust and others who didn’t know the context of the tale would add false but juicy tid-bits as tongues wagged from East to West: PASTOR MARRIES PROSTITUTE.

This is the framework for the book of Hosea. God told Hosea that it was time to get married. And God said: “Hosea, I got just the girl picked out for you”. How good is that when the maker of the very first woman, who was custom made for Adam, picked out just the right mate for Hosea … so he thought. God told Hosea: “Her name is Gomer and she’s beautiful (Hosea’s heart is about to burst) and one more thing, she’s a prostitute, a call girl, a hussy, a harlot, a hooker, an unfaithful shady lady”. And Hosea quickly understood that God was using Hosea’s marriage and family as an object lesson for Hosea’s audience (read 1:1-9)

Hosea knew that it was customary in the ancient Hebrew world to use symbols to communicate lessons; and, Hosea also knew that names were very important for God often used names to teach Israel certain truths.

Hosea may have been heartbroken when he returned from his various preaching assignments and the whispers around town became very loud when word got around about Gomer’s daliences and pecadillos. Gomer went from man to man without discretion. Hosea’s heart was broken time and time again; and, then God spoke again (Chapter 3)

God Embraces Us With His Tough Love When He Exposes Our Sin(Chapters 1-7)

The story: God= Hosea as Gomer= the Israelites (and us)

Jezreel (1 Kings 21) means: “God scatters”

Lo-Ruhamah means: “Not pitied (loved)”

Lo-Ammi means: “Not my people”

Some of God’s pictures …

6:4 Our love can be like the “morning mist”

7:8 We may be like a “pancake” never turned

7:9 We may be oblivious to our condition

7:11 We may have divided allegiance to God

7:16 We may be as useless as a “faulty bow”

“Sin is not only the breaking of God’s laws it is the breaking of God’s heart” (Warren Wiersbe)

God Expresses His Tough Love When He Executes Discipline On Us (Chapters 8-10)

* Display Hebrews 12:4-6

God’s Tough Love Exists As A Part Of His Unfailing Love For Us (Chapters 11-14)

· Display Psalm 33:5

· Display Psalm 33:22

· Display Lamentations 3:32

· Display Hosea 10:12

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