A preacher with a prostitute

February 19, 2014
Dave Blundell
1 min
Spiritual life
A preacher with a prostitute

God’s grace and love never reaches a human-like limit. The depth of His compassion is always deeper than my depravity. The expanse of His faithfulness always has more reach than my faithlessness. His patience with my failings far exceeds any understanding of love I can fathom.

Hosea’s message of a preacher with a prostitute explodes any semblance of religious propriety I have ever known. God instructs this preacher to marry a prostitute so that He could illustrate an unfathomable love and passion for His people. Hosea takes her as his wife, full-well knowing that she would break his heart… over and over again. And each time his love is rejected for a cheap substitute, the chase is on. Hosea determines to woo her back to what is eternal and real, only to have her leave again. What a painfully awe-inspiring illustration of unconditional love.

At the end of the book God lays out the point of His pain.

“I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever.” - Hosea 14:4 (NLT)

I don’t understand why I am so worth His love; but I am compelled to live my life to show how much His love is worth.