June 19th, 2018
Hosea 2:19-20 (KJB) And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. 20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
First and foremost, these verse from the book of Hosea were written to an audience of ancient Jewish people. However, these applications are eternal in nature and available for any man, Jew or Greek. This message is relevant today just as was appropriate for mankind in the Old Testament times.
The book of Hosea is a book about forgiveness and redemption. It uses pictures of a harlot married to a man who unconditionally forgives her for her adultery. It is applicable to both spousal loyalty and forgiveness in a marriage.
First and foremost, this book serves us with an ancient picture of a natural man’s troubling relationship with God (the harlot) and the availability of God’s unmerited forgiveness and grace while a man is alive in this world.
It paints an eternal picture of God and His bride. God is loyal to His children having forgiven them for their sin and loving them despite their sin nature. He promises to betroth them through faith and gives them a new nature through faithfulness.