Archive for February 29th, 2008

Hosea 1

Hosea 1 contains God’s message to this prophet.  It is a very tough message.  Hosea served during the reign of Jeroboam son of Joash in Israel, and Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in Judah.  You may remember some of these names from our walk through earlier books of the Bible.  God is not a happy camper as He speaks to Hosea.  God instructs Hosea to take a wife and marry her.  The Message version puts it pretty bluntly: “Find a whore and marry her. Make this whore the mother of your children. And here’s why: This whole country has become a whorehouse, unfaithful to me, GOD”.  That is pretty straightforward – find a wife of ill repute – marry her and have kids.  Hosea selects Gomer (how is that for a name?) and she gets pregnant and gives him a son.  Hosea names him “Jezreel”.  A second time she gets pregnant and has a daughter.  This child is named “No-Mercy”.  A third child is born and God instructs Hosea to name him “Nobody”.  Three kids – three names with significance that all point to the fact that God is very upset with the people and bad things are ahead.  Why does this happen?  The people of Israel have turned away from God.  They have failed to take care of their most important asset – their relationship with the Father.  Scripture tells us that God says: “I…am a nobody to you”.  There is going to be much to pay for that failure.  God does make it clear toward the end of this chapter that “down the road the population of Israel is going to explode past counting, like sand on the ocean beaches”.  For now, He is clear that the people of Judah are the only ones who will be blessed.  But after this time of correction, as long as people get their act together, Israel will again be blessed.  We need to learn from this.  Turning our back on God has consequences.  Some days it appears to me that the church in America treats God as a “nobody”.  He is not the center of what happens.  It is great to have Him on standby in case anything goes wrong, but for the most part we get along fine by ourselves.  Is that how you live?  Are you running on autopilot in your relationship with God?  That is not good enough.  God is not content to be a nobody in your life.  He is only satisfied when He is the center and focus.  That is what he deserves and requires.  Don’t make Him a nobody.  He is God!

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