Mercy for the Unfaithful

“Go and marry a prostitute, so some of her children will be born to you from other men. This will illustrate the way my people have been untrue to me, openly committing adultery against the LORD by worshipping other gods” (Hosea 1:2Open Link in New Window).

In Hosea, God compared spiritual idolatry with sexual adultery. Both are betrayals. Both involve abandoning a deep commitment. God had Hosea marry Gomer, a prostitute, as an example of how the Israelites had openly committed adultery against God by worshipping other gods. This makes me realize that God chose the Israelites as His people already knowing their nature … that of an adulterous prostitute. God knew way ahead of time that we are wayward and sinful and yet He chose us anyway. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. This is the amazing love of God.

God informed Hosea ahead of time that some of the children Gomer would have would be born from other men. God named the second and third children “Not loved” and “Not My people”. Later God promised that God would one day reunite His people under one leader and then their names would be changed to “The ones I love” and “My people”. This is amazing to me. In the example of Hosea, some of his children were bastard children borne in adultery. I know that much of my life has suffered the “evil fruits” of idolatry greed and lust. Yet God is willing to take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around into something good. It is amazing that God would take people steeped in sin and bring them into His Kingdom to make them His people that He loves.

But I, the LORD their God, will show love to the people of Judah. I will personally free them from their enemies without any help from weapons or armies (Hoesa 1:7).

Despite our sinfulness, God promised to show His love. In light of His amazing love, how can I respond except to despise my sinful betrayal against God and cry out with thanksgiving for His mercy. I must trust in His promise of love that He will personally free me from my enemies without having to rely on human strength.

God, please help me to trust in You and truly believe and receive Your love. Let me rely on Your promise to deliver me from all my enemies. Help me to live like “one whom You love”. And let me live up to the high calling of being on of “Your people”. Thank You so much for Your kindness, mercy and love. 

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