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Focus Verses: Hosea 3:1-2
The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though
she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD
loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the
sacred raisin cakes." 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley."
instructed the prophet Hosea to illustrate God's great love and
faithfulness to his people by taking a wife who would be unfaithful to
him. Hosea's actions and responses to his wife's unfaithfulness would be
a graphic real-life demonstration of God's actions and responses to
the nation of Israel.
Hosea's wife was unfaithful to
him, she prostituted herself, had children by other men, and eventually
left Hosea for someone else. After all that, Hosea one day found her
abandoned, destitute, and being sold as a slave. God told him, "Show
your love to her again." Hosea paid the price to buy her back—he saved
and redeemed her. He didn't just save her; that was just the beginning.
Astonishingly, Hosea brought her home to be his wife! He restored his
relationship with her and said, "You are to live with me in
faithfulness, and I will live with you."
Response and Action:
loves, redeems, and restores his people. God wants to save me from
unfaithfulness. He desires to restore me to a right relationship with
him. I need to turn away from sin and turn to God. I need to recognize
the ways I am unfaithful to God and, by God's grace, put those things
aside. I want to be responsive to God's love and receive the restoration
and renewal he offers. I want to honor him with my life, and to learn
how to "live with him in faithfulness."
God, thank you for your love. Look upon me in mercy and redeem me from
my unfaithfulness. Thank you for Jesus, who has purchased me by
laying down his life, and for your Spirit who is renewing and restoring
me. By the power and grace of your Holy Spirit, lead, teach, transform,
shape, and strengthen me that I might delight in your will and walk in
your ways to the glory of your name. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Luke 15:17-18
17 "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
by Timothy Keller