The book of Hosea begins as God commands his prophet to marry a woman who was a harlotly. Some interpret the harlotly has the worship of idols and others adultery. Both perception show that God demanded her to marry a sinful woman. The question most christians keep asking themselves is why did he want just this woman. In Israel adultery was against the law.
And the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.”2So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley.3And I said to her, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.
”4For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods.5Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.
The people of Israel had turned away from him. God who was like father and husband of Israel was not happy with them. He was referring their sins as that of the prostitutes. He wanted to show them the way they had shifted away from their righteous husband. God hate the worship of other gods, infact he is very jealous.
Today is a day each and everyone reading this should just examine his or her deeds. Are they righteous before him? Can God be proud of you like he was proud of Job? God says that when his people who are called by his name will serve him with truth and in spirit then he will come and heal their land. As a country we need to repent sins of our leaders and ourselves, call upon the Lord to come and cleanse us.
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