Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

A look at the deceitfulness of faithlessness. Hosea. Part 3.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Book of Hosea is the first book of the Book of the Twelve, known as the so-called Minor Prophets of the Old Testament.

No other prophet gives us so complete an outline of the ways of God with His earthly people as does Hosea.

We will see how Hosea’s own reconciliation and forgiveness toward his faithless wife illustrates Israel’s ultimate restoration.

1. “Call his name Jezreel”-“God will sow” Where Jezreel is specifically stated to be the child of Hosea (“Gomer bore him a son,” HOS 1:3), this is not said of the next two children.

2. “Call her name Lo-Ruhamah” (“no mercy”).
The Northern Kingdom will receive no mercy in the coming judgment.
3. Lo-ammi = “not my people” which is a symbolic name given by the prophet Hosea to his second son by Gomer.

One of the main problems that Hosea’s wife whose name was Gomer had with Hosea was that her faithlessness toward him led her to a lack of respect as noted in EPH 5:33. But as it progresses, it retrogresses,

What was hidden by attractiveness and the desire for unfulfilled fantasies it soon appears…and that is the real person.

Marriage should be the beginning of love not the end of love, The marriage is all over even though the people may stay together for one reason or another.

“True love cannot be found where it doesn’t truly exist and it can not  be hidden where it truly does.” True love enables you to put your deepest feelings and fears in the palm of your partner’s hand, knowing they will be handled with care.”

While selfishness comes from a desire to see one’s own desires fulfilled before those of another, true love respects, protects and is willing to sacrifice if necessary.”

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, Love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of,

“Love me without fear,
Trust me without questioning,
Need me without demanding,
Want me without restrictions,
Accept me without change, Desire me without inhibitions.”

1. God suffers when His people are unfaithful to Him.
2. God cannot and will not condone unfaithfulness.
3. God will never cease to love His own, and, consequently He seeks to win back those who have forsaken Him.

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