Hosea 1-3 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Hosea 1:2 is one of the most distressing verses in the Bible: “When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord’” (ESV).

First of all, it’s distressing because it reveals the pain that Hosea is going to go through in order to convey the Lord’s message to His people. Not only is his wife unfaithful, but it’s very possible that only Gomer’s first child is his. Second, if foreshadows the pain of his wife running away, and Hosea having to redeem her from another man (3:1-2). And then finally, there is the whole point of this passage — the pain of God’s people being unfaithful to him.

But, in addition to the pain and distress that are conveyed, we also see the mercy, grace, and love of God on display. Hosea 2:23 reveals God’s love, and also foreshadows the redemption of Gomer: “And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”

How does this apply to us? Certainly through salvation, since Jesus died for us even when we were still sinners! But, even when we are God’s children, we still sometimes do sinful things. Those sinful things pull us away from the God who loves us. How do we become close again? By repenting of our sin and asking for forgiveness!

Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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