An Interesting Request by Renee Fisher

An Interesting Request
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

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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