Hosea Did It

Hosea Did It

04 July 2010

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 15-16; Hosea 1; Hebrews 1


2 The first time God spoke to Hosea he said: “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.” 3 Hosea did it. He picked Gomer daughter of Diblaim. She got pregnant and gave him a son. (Hosea 1:2-3 MSG)

It’s not an easy job to represent God, to be God’s spokesperson. The first time God gave a prophetic message to Hosea for the nation of Israel, his assignment was to find and marry a prostitute. None of God’s other prophets had to go through the heartbreak of marriage to a woman who would be repeatedly unfaithful, who would bear children by other men. But all the prophets had to face isolation or persecution or rejection at times. Yet even when the message God gave his prophets was a message of God’s anger and frustration and of impending judgment, God’s prophets continued to live among and identify with the people they were trying to reach.

It’s not always easy to represent God faithfully in our world, either. We live in a culture that has increasingly rejected the idea of an eternal God who has established absolute standards of right and wrong. We can find ourselves marginalized, mocked, or rejected for taking a stand for what we believe is right and taking a stand against what we believe is wrong. It’s easy for us as God’s people to congregate behind the walls of our “moral superiority” and shout messages of judgment to the “sinners” on the outside.

God challenges us not to be “holier-than-thou” in our attitude toward those he has called us to reach – not to set ourselves above those to whom we are trying to communicate God’s message. Jesus identified fully with us and challenges us to identify with those around us who desperately need the good news of his grace, forgiveness, and salvation.


Father, I respect and admire your prophet Hosea. I want to be obedient to your message today as Hosea was obedient in his day. It’s so easy to become separated and isolated from the people whose beliefs, values, and life pattern are so different from mine. Help me be willing to identify with those around me who so desperately need to hear your message. Hosea did it. Now it’s our turn. Now I and my Christ-follower friends need your wisdom, compassion, and grace. Help us, Father. Amen.

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