July 28th, 2019
Harlots and Infidelity
Hosea 2:3-5 (KJB) Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst. 4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms. 5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
God uses infidelity and harlotry in the lives of Gomer and her husband Hosea in this book of the Bible to teach us about unconditional love and extraordinary relationships.
Hosea was directed by God to marry Gomer despite her unfaithfulness. First and foremost, this is a divine picture of God’s love and ultimately also His judgment of the Jewish people. They were unfaithful to God and would not return unto their first love. This flagrant idolatry caused God to judge them harshly, and rightly so.
However, this same pattern of God’s great forgiveness and longsuffering can be applied to our relationships today. It provides an outline for our personal relationship with God, others, and in dealing with infidelity in marital relationships.
You see, there is no limit to forgiveness with God. Often, we like to form an edge or boundary to our forgiveness towards others by what we consider to be fair and just. However, when we compare our best mercy to God’s, the boundaries and spiritual fences we have erected cannot ever compare to God’s supernatural unlimited nature.
The book of Hosea and these highlighted verses above give us a look into the heart of God. How He loves each of us despite our great spiritual shortcomings. God loved us (John 3:16) when we were spiritually ugly. Hosea was to love and cherish his wife despite her infidelity. Imagine how different this world would be if this kind of unconditional love was applied unfettered to both loving God and in our troubled human relationships today.