Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Will You Say "I Do"?
Hosea 1:2,3 "When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself a prostitute and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD." So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son."
The story of Hosea in the scope of biblical history and prophesy is about the Kingdom of Israel's waywardness from God, His initial judgment upon them, yet His ultimate forgiveness of them. But as you look deeper into the story of Hosea, we can all place ourselves into it and see our own failings, and God's mercy towards us in spite of them.
God told Hosea to find a prostitute and marry her. What a strange command. He was to find this woman, labeled in another translation as adulterous and yet another as a woman of whoredom; this woman who had been promiscuous, indiscriminate about those with whom she had and would share her most intimate self, and he was to ask her "will you marry me".
Nor more outlandish that was than the fact that a holy God, would offer Himself to us, an unholy people. For we too like Gomer are "guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD". Maybe not adultery in the literal since of the word, but yes we all at times have "run out" on God. We have given more time and attention to the things of this world than the one who created it. We have pursued the lusts of our flesh, courted the wealth of this world, and abandoned the lover of our souls.
But know this. The beauty of God's loves is that it is unconditional. He does not offer His love based on what you do, nor will He withdraw it because of what you do. He simply loves you. He knows exactly who you are and what you have done, and yet and still He reaches out to you and asks, "Will you marry me?".
Revelation 19: 7 says "Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready." Jesus is the groom and we are His bride. He has paid our bride price with His own life, He has fashioned a ring from the nails that pierced His hands and feet, He has gone to prepare a home, and there He waits until the time is right to return for His bride.
He knows you and yet He loves you. He's down on His bended and wounded knee and proposes to you "Will you marry me?" And I have one question...Will you say..."I Do"!?