What's Love Got to do with it Pt 2
God is amazing. I sat down and opened the page to update my blog tonight and noticed Bro Chip's post about love, and that's exactly where I want to be tonight.
Read along with me in Hosea ch 3
Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes." So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley. Then I said to her, "You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so I will also be toward you." For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar and without ephod or household idols. Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days. Hosea 3:1-5
Do you see it? The epitome of love. God in the previous chapters of Hosea had sent Hosea to marry a harlot (prostitute), they had children, and from reading the rest of the book it would seem that she returned to harlotry even after being married to Hosea. God sent Hosea to love her again as God loves His people. However, notice in the 2nd verse Hosea "bought her...". Hosea had to purchase what was already his. She was his wife, but had been put on display as a piece of property. My friends Alan and our other Bible study guys were discussing this, and it was pointed out that she was likely chained up like a cow, stripped to near nothing, dirty, waiting on a man to buy her so she could be with him. Hosea could have looked at the men selling her and said "That's my wife!" but their response would have been "We don't care who she is, she's 15 Shekels". Hosea paid the price for his wife and took her home. He then gave her a directive, "You're mine, you will not leave me again and I will never leave you".
Sound familiar? It should. God paid the ultimate price for something that was ultimately already His. He bought us out of our nasty, dirty, sinful state because He loved us. God's love has everything to do with it!