Thursday, July 28, 2011

God's People Act Like They Aren't

Men of the Bible Series - Hosea portrays God's love for his unfaithful people.

Hosea 1:2  When the Lord first spoke to Hosea, He said this to him: Go and marry a promiscuous wife and have children of promiscuity, for the land is committing blatant acts of promiscuity by abandoning the Lord.

Hosea 3:1-2  Then the Lord said to me, “Go again; show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” 2 So I bought her for 15 shekels of silver and five bushels of barley.

Hosea 4:1  Hear the word of the Lord, people of Israel, for the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land: There is no truth, no faithful love, and no knowledge of God in the land!

Many of the prophets in the Old Testament were told to do something as an illustration of the message that God wanted to get across.

God told the prophet Hosea to go and marry a prostitute and to love her as an illustration of Israel's faithless relationship with God and his faithfulness in loving his bride despite how she behaves.

Israel had become proud and had forgotten God's grace, they were engaging in idolatry, they were trusting in man rather than in God. They were guilty of injustice and violence, including murder, theft, lying, and oppression of the defenseless. They sound a lot like God's people today.

Hosea was faithful to God and showed his people the wholehearted love that God has for his people. Despite the pain that his people cause him, God is still willing to pursue them and forgive them for their unfaithfulness, he is willing to take back those of us that acknowledge him as Savior and Lord of our life.

Hosea 13:4  I have been Yahweh your God ever since the land of Egypt; you know no God but Me, and no Savior exists besides Me.

God deserves not only to be number one but he also deserves to be the only one, I need to behave like a member of God's family and be totally devoted to him.

Lord help me to live each day remembering that you are my everything. I need to act like I belong to you by living according to your commands.

You might like to read: Men of the Bible blog series.