Hosea 3:1 (KJV)
Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
The passage is speaking ultimately of Israel and the setting, as I understand it, includes today. It refers to a time when the children of Israel is without:
- Sacrifice or
- Fellowship with God
Though they seem so far away from God, still He loves Israel and is for Israel. One day, under God’s directing hand, they will return to Him.
I see in this verse a secondary lesson; a reason for us all to love the unlovely, to reach out in kindness to the worse of us. I see a reason to be for the wicked, the sinner, the prisoner, and the one who has offended us. Because God loves them.
I am not saying that we forget what they have done. Hosea didn’t with his wife. God doesn’t with Israel. There was a process of restoration and a time of proving. I am only saying that we ought:
- Never to give up on them,
- Never to quit praying for them,
- Never to quit loving them,
never stop being willing to restore them if they will but return to seek and fear the Lord.
To include both Israel, the Northern Kingdom and Judah, the Southern.
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