WHEN HOSEA MARRIED A PROSTITUTE, respect for him dropped to zero. "Small wonder he is listed first among the minor prophets," some may sneer today.
WHEN HOSEA MARRIED A PROSTITUTE, respect for him dropped to zero. "Small
wonder he is listed first among the minor prophets," some may sneer today.
"He must have been a real loser."
Wrong again, O critic. Hosea was one of the most patient, tender, loving,
and obedient of all the ancient prophets. "Then why in the world would such
a man fall for a woman such as she?" Because God told him to! That's right.
God chose Hosea to model his message before all Israel, like a neon sign
alongside the freeway. Of course, they didn't know it at first.
Before God, he stood justified and obedient. But before people, he looked
undiscerning and weird.
God directed him:
Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived
That's exactly what he did. Hosea's wife gave birth to a daughter and two
sons while she was his wife—two of them illegitimate—before she left home
and went back into the streets. His wounds scarcely healed, Hosea heard
God's voice thundering from the heavens telling him to go out, find her,
and bring her back into his home with the family. He did. He bought her
from others' arms and claimed her as his own. Try to picture the love and
dedication it took for Hosea to carry out God's instructions.
Little did the people realize they were observing a living object lesson—a
divine pantomime—a flesh-and-blood mirror designed by God to illustrate the
truth of their own lives.
Having a tough time modeling God's message? Feel unappreciated?
Misunderstood? A little foolish? Ridiculed? So it goes, pilgrim. Long naps
and pillow fights went out with the flood. These are rugged days without
much padding in the seats or protection from the wind. It takes two things
to keep from folding in the stretch: a tough hide and a tender heart. Hosea