Summary: One of the most beautiful love stories ever told
Bought With a Price
This morning I am going to preach on one of the most unique passages of scripture. So you know it must be in the Old Testament. Open your bibles to the Old Testament book of Hosea. We’re going to look at a little bit of chapters 1, 2, and 3.
Read 1:1- 9
The words I have just read to you were written during the darkest days in the Kingdom of Israel. They were written in @750 B. C…. just a few years before that terrible day… 722 BC. That is when the Northern Kingdom, the 10 tribes called Israel, were defeated, routed, and taken captive by the mighty Assyrian army. God had been patient with Israel: sending them prophet after prophet after prophet. They had been hard headed, unreceptive, and unrepentant. They had been led by a series of evil kings with an occasional good king. A bad king would lead them to worship idols and forget the Lord. A good king would cause them to forsake their idolatry, tear down their idol-worshipping shrines, and return to the true worship of Yahweh. The Southern Kingdom, Judah would last a few years longer, 587 BC, because they had more good kings than Israel did. But eventually they too would fall.
But there was a Godly, faithful prophet in that day and God chose to speak, through him, to the Northern Kingdom, just before the fall. God’s patience was wearing thin.
God came to this prophet, Hosea, and gave him a very strange message. It is a message that was, first, for Hosea himself. But God would use this message and the events in the life of Hosea, to give a message to the ten tribes of the North. A LAST WARNING!! Which they did not heed!!!
So, the Spirit of the Lord comes to Hosea and gives him this message…
“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
And children of harlotry,
Let me take one minute to take an aside…. This is a point that does not enter into my message but must not be missed.
Many are troubled because the scripture tells us that God told Hosea to go and marry a prostitute, an unfaithful, adulterous wife. That is a problem because God says that WE ARE NOT TO MARRY SUCH. Now, it seems, God is telling Hosea to sin.
Look at the scripture again… and children of harlotry. Is God telling Hosea to take on children that are already born of adultery? NO! He is telling Hosea that the children will be born out of adultery. THEY ARE NOT YET BORN. Verses 3 – 9 tell of the births of those children AFTER HOSEA MARRIES GOMER.
God did not tell Hosea to marry a prostitute, and adulteress. He told him that he could marry Gomer, but the bad news was that Gomer, WHO WAS THEN A VIRGIN (the only acceptable wife) WOULD….. LATER…. BECOME an adulteress… a harlot… a prostitute. SHE WILL BE UNFAITHFUL!
This must have broken Hosea’s heart… to think that the woman he loved would do such a terrible thing.. would commit the most offensive marital sin.
LISTEN>>> GOD DOES NOT CONTRADICT HIMSELF!!!
That is one way you can always know if something is God’s will…