Hosea 3:1 A Reason To Love

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[1] is without:

  • King
  • Prince
  • 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. 


[1]To include both Israel, the Northern Kingdom and Judah, the Southern.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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