Summary: White picket fences. 3 cars. 2 1/2 kids. A dog. Perfection. That is what we all think our relationship will be. We place ourselves in every romance movie we have ever seen. In our minds we expect no problems, no pain , no tears, no fears and no reality!
Pt. 3 - Can You Hear Me Now?
Franklin Roosevelt knew it was true in politics. Legend has it that as each dignitary would file by to shake his hand he decided to prove it. As he grasped each hand and the guest would lean in to exchange pleasantries Roosevelt would say “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” Guest after guest went by and no one said a word in response. No reaction. Until finally late in the line a diplomat upon hearing Roosevelt’s confession responded by saying “Mr. President I am sure she had it coming!” Rosevelt knew that in politics no one really listens.
Unfortunately that also seems to be true in relationships.
65% of couples interviewed say that their biggest issue is communication. 70% of husbands say their biggest issue is that wife nags them. That isn’t about nagging as much as it is about communication.
Now let’s think about the idea of communication against the backdrop of the story we have been examining over the last few weeks. It is the story of a man of the cloth and a woman of the night. A preacher and a prostitute. It is the story of Hosea and G. The account of Hosea and G is contained in the book that bears the preacher’s name. Hosea is 14 chapters long and most of the information that is easily seen or deciphered regarding the relationship between Hosea and Gomer is found in the first 3 chapters. As most of you probably know God instructs Hosea to go and find a prostitute to marry and have a family with. This marriage becomes an illustrated sermon by which God addresses Israel’s tendency to love God and then leave God and then repeat. So, after chapter 3 you find the declarations about Israel made by God through Hosea. In chapter one Hosea selects Gomer and they have 3 children. By chapter 3 she has gone back to prostitution and Hosea goes and buys her back a final time.
Hosea 1:2-9 (TLB)
Here is the first message: The Lord said to Hosea, “Go and marry a girl who is a prostitute, so that some of her children will be born to you from other men. This will illustrate the way my people have been untrue to me, committing open adultery against me by worshiping other gods.”
Then in Hosea 3 we see the final rescue.
Hosea 3:1-3 (Message)
Then God ordered me, “Start all over: Love your wife again, your wife who’s in bed with her latest boyfriend, your cheating wife. Love her the way I, God, love the Israelite people, even as they flirt and party with every god that takes their fancy.” I did it. I paid good money to get her back. It cost me the price of a slave. Then I told her, “From now on you’re living with me. No more whoring, no more sleeping around. You’re living with me and I’m living with you.”
It is an incredible account of mercy and redemption. However, as I began rereading the story of this complicated couple I noticed something I had never noticed before. I want to let you in on the revelation today. I would like to take the time to read to you every word that Gomer says in this account. OK, are you ready? Here we go. . .