And the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.”

Hosea 3:1

When I read this, I cannot help but think of how often I am an adulteress who runs away from my Groom each day. The reason God told Hosea to marry a whore was simply to show his great mercy and compassion on the nation of Israel. Christ simply died to provide us with grace upon grace to abound for our many sins.

Is there any other kind of love like this in the world? I know for myself, I would not think of marrying a whore and if my wife cheated on me, I would probably no doubt divorce her. Yet, God, in his great mercy for us, does not divorce his people. He does not cast his bride away. He continually woos and pursues her. He never gets tired of bringing her back to him. A Charles Spurgeon says, “Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed?? Does not this make thee love Jesus? Surely as we meditate on ‘the love of the Lord’, our hearts burn within us, and we long to love him more.”

O, Jesus, help us love you more! Give us the grace to love, trust, and lean on you! For you have said, “That neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is covenant love between a holy God and his chosen people. It never ends. It is unconditional and beautiful. Derek Webb, in his song, “Wedding Dress”, illustrates this beautifully:

I am a whore I do confess
But I put you on just like a wedding dress
And I run down the aisle
And I run down the aisle
I’m a prodigal with no way home
But I put you on just like a ring of gold
And I run down the aisle to you

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2 thoughts on “Meditation on Hosea 3:1

  1. A new fictitious reading of Hosea, set in the 1800’s, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, is an enlightening read. Most everyone I’ve known who has read it, either wished to have a husband like that, or hoped to be one.

  2. Thank God for His Amazing Grace……woman here is a gentile Bride. If those Jews wasn’t blind, I’m not even know that there is a God that saved and cleansed all our sins.

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