An Interesting Request
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord.
— Hosea 1:2
The prophet Hosea’s first request from the Lord was a strange one. Hosea was told by God to marry a prostitute. Why on earth would the Lord ask Hosea to do such a thing?
Jesus calls leaders to live on a higher level than followers.34 We don’t always under- stand the commands of the Lord. Nevertheless, Hosea was asked to go and reconcile with his wife who was involving herself in some very inappropriate relationships. She was a hooker! Like the Israelites, his wife Gomer was not accustomed to faithfulness.
When God told Hosea to pursue reconciliation, he told him to act with love rather than seeking revenge. That’s a higher level of living than is required of followers. Followers tend to want to act out, create drama, be a ...
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