A Wife given to adultery!
Scripture reading for September 5th: Hosea 1-3
Hosea was a unique prophet called by God to let his whole life, marriage, and his children become a prophetic word to God’s people. Hosea was told by God to marry an adulterous woman named Gomer. God’s plan was to show Israel how they behaved toward Him and give them a visual picture of His love for them. (Hosea 1:2) His children’s names also would speak to God’s people of their spiritual condition.
Hosea married Gomer and took her as his wife. She conceived and bore him a son. The Lord told Hosea to call the son “Jezreel”, because He was going to punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel and put an end to the kingdom of Israel. (Hosea 1:4) Gomer also had two daughters and they were also named by the Lord. One was Lo-Ruhamah which meant “no love left” and the other was “Lo-Ammi” which meant “not my people”. God was telling the Israelites about a coming judgment on their nation because of their adultery against Him. He wanted them to be reminded every time they saw the prophet and his family of their own state and God’s word spoken through those children’s names. (Hosea 1:4-8)
As we read this prophet’s story, we must look in our own hearts for spiritual adultery and idolatry! (Hosea 2:5-6) Have we turned away from loving God with all our hearts? Have we run after the things of this world and trusted in our own strength and abilities rather than God? Do we belong to Him alone?
As Hosea was commanded to take back his unfaithful wife and buy her back from her adulterous lovers, so God has done the same for us! (Hosea 3:1-2) Christ died to deliver us from slavery to demonstrate His love for us! (Romans 5:8) Hosea also told Gomer to leave her life of adultery and he would live with her. Today, God tells us to depart from sin and live a holy life or we won’t see the Lord! (1st Peter 1:14-15)
Jesus Christ is coming back for His Bride, the Church! She will be a glorious Bride, without spot or wrinkle, clothed in the white linen of His righteousness! Check your life today and check your robes! Your loving Husband could come today!