Archive for May 6th, 2017

So we now find Gomer in a very sorry state.  The grass has not been greener on the other side.  The adulterous relationships which seemed to her to offer such prosperity appear to have failed her badly and she now finds herself in absolute poverty, reduced to being sold as a slave in the slave market. And despite Gomer’s behaviour towards him, we see Hosea, at God’s bidding, making his way to the slave market to pay the price for her freedom.

Not only does he pay the price for redemption, but her status is completely restored – she is to be reinstated as his wife “You will live with me … and I will live with you.”  He goes above and beyond the ‘call of duty’. We are reminded of the Prodigal Son who is treated with the same generosity when he returns home to his father. The parallel with the Prodigal Son is interesting, though, in that the Prodigal returns repentant, sorrowful and in humility.  We hear his words of penitence.  We hear nothing from Gomer.  There is no record of a positive response, or a cry of gratitude towards her husband.

Paul says: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   It is a love which is totally selfless, giving its all for the good of another whether or not it is ever reciprocated. There is really nothing about Gomer that endears her to us.   There is no reciprocity of love or kindness towards Hosea.  But he nevertheless is pro-active in his love towards her.  He is selfless, compassionate, treats her with liberality and is continually in faith that she will change.

This is God’s way of loving.  1 Corinthians 13 holds the bar high: “Love always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.  Love never fails.” It is how He has loved and will always continue to love us.  And it’s how he asks us, by the power of His Holy Spirit, to love the people of the world that He has created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer: Father God, thank you that when we stood helpless, enslaved by our sin, with no hope in the world, Jesus Christ died for us, transformed our standing before you and raised us to a place of glory.  We worship and honour you today.  Receive our heartfelt gratitude and delight. Amen.

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