Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

Hosea part 1

Why did God tell Hosea to take a wife of adultery and children of unfaithfulness?

God told Hosea to take a wife of adultery and children of unfaithfulness because Hosea was to be a living example of the relationship between God and His people. God sees sin as spiritual adultery. In Numbers 15:37-41, the Lord gives instructions through Moses that the people were to wear tassels on the corners of their garments. Verse 39 says, “and it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after.” So when we follow after our own heart and our own eyes, instead of remembering and doing all the commandments of the Lord, God calls that “whoring.” Also, James 4:4 says, “You adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” God sees our relationship with Him as something like marriage, and when we are unfaithful to Him- by pursuing the desires of our hearts and eyes and the sins of the world- He considers that whoredom and adultery. So in the life of Hosea, and in his love for his adultrous wife, we see something of God’s love for us. Even though we are all guilty of “whoring after” the desires of our hearts and eyes, and we are all guilty of “friendship with the world,” God still pursues us with His amazing love like Hosea pursued Gomer. And just as Hosea paid dearly to free Gomer, God has paid dearly to free us. He gave His only Son, that each and every one of us adulteresses who believes in Jesus will not perish, but will have etenal life!

More importantly, Hosea’s instuctions, life, and writings were intended to point forward to the Seed of woman, the Offspring of Abraham, the Lion of the tribe of of Judah, the heir of David who is enthroned forever, the Messiah, Christ Jesus.

Imagine God speaking these words, not to His prophet Hosea, but to His only Son before He took on flesh and walked among us.

“Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry.”

For the apostle Paul described Christ as the prototypical Husband, leading and laying down His life for His bride, the church. Imagine these words from the Father, not to Hosea after his wife had left him, but to His Son when He had pleaded thrice that the cup of the cross would pass.

“Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress.”

What amazing love! A man will hardly die for a good woman, but this is the love of God, in that while we were yet adulteresses, Christ died for us! If we will but turn from the filth of our sins, look to the Son of man who has been lifted up for the salvation of sinners, and believe in Him, then this amazing, adultery-forgiving love of almighty God will be ours!


May 1, 2009 - Posted by | Bible, Religion

1 Comment »

  1. I love the book of Hosea. Unfailing Love

    Comment by Gramzee | May 2, 2009 | Reply

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