All of us have a need to see and understand God. But what does it take for God to get your attention? The book of Hosea speaks of God using the marriage of Hosea and his wife Gomer to depict a demonstration of events to come and cause them to recognize the degradated state the house of Israel was in. God will use/allow any means to get our attention to turn to Him but do we really want that extreme? I hope not, but if that is what it takes then God, because He loves us, will allow just that. If you find many hardships, disappointment and tough times, stop, think and turn to God for He has the answers you seek.
Message Summary All of us have a need to see and understand God. But what does it take for God to get your attention? The book of Hosea speaks of God using the marriage of Hosea and his wife Gomer to depict a demonstration of events to come and cause them to recognize the degradated state the house of Israel was in. God will use/allow any means to get our attention to turn to Him but do we really want that extreme? I hope not, but if that is what it takes then God, because He loves us, will allow just that. If you find many hardships, disappointment and tough times, stop, think and turn to God for He has the answers you seek.
Why do we call Jonah, Amos, Obadiah, Malachi and the others the "minor" prophets? It certainly isn't because their messages were less important! Prophets are like people holding a wire from heaven and wire to the earth, with God speaking through them. At times, God used these unique men to proclaim His truth, or to denounce men's sin, or to predict the future, both near and far-off. Other times, He used them to show His truth by demonstration, through events in their lives. In this in-depth series, Pastor Skip Heitzig presents important truths about these little books with big messages.
God used Prophets to speak to nations of people especially the nation of Israel. His word through the prophets and predictions of things to come are often the messages God sent to get the attention of His people, the predictions of the future were all meant to stir the hearts of the people back to the God they had left. Prophets were sent to the Israelites as a direct way for the people to understand what God wanted them to hear. Most of the time the prophet's words were a warning of things that will happen if they kept on the same path.
Hosea is very specific in his message to the people of the kingdom of Israel. At this time in the scriptures the kingdom was split and Hosea is commissioned by God to speak to the people of the northern kingdom. So, the Lord told Hosea to take a harlot for a wife. God uses demonstrative ways to show us things we need to understand and learn. The kingdom of Israel need to hear from God but the message was not getting through so God chose to use Hosea in a very graphic picture of a relationship between a husband and wife to get across to the Israelites of how this represents the very manner and relationship they had with God, mainly the dis-regard for God. Gomer, Hosea's wife, bore a son and God called him Jezreel. Gomer, Hosea's wife, kept on in her harlotry which broke the heart of Hosea, this same relationship of Hosea and Gomer was to be a demonstration of how Israel was playing the harlot by idol worship. In this we see that Hosea was faithful to Gomer just as God stays faithful to us. The people of Israel parted from the Lord God and worshiped idols and this broke the heart of God just as it did to Hosea's heart.
Many people, when reading this account of the Prophet Hosea think of it as not being real because; would God really tell a man of God to marry a prostitute? It seemed hard for Hosea and it was, but Hosea knew God and trusted in God and God sustained Him for His cause. It was all done for the love of God toward Israel. God had a plan for the people of Israel through the son of Hosea, Jezreel. The People of Israel knew of Hosea and Gomer and had seen the many times Gomer had gone out to seek pleasure. Don't you think the people wondered why a man of God would stay with a woman as Gomer. But God knew that and sustained Hosea to remain with Gomer. For the people needed to understand what God was trying to say to them through Hosea. We sometimes need demonstrations from God of His love for us and sometimes it's for our breaking so we can come before the Lord God and reconnect the relationship.
Gomer bore sons and daughters that had names that spoke of the things to come upon Israel. The son, Jezreel, to take revenge on the house of Jehu and the daughter's name, Lo-Ruhamah, means no mercy on the house of Israel. Then another son was conceived of Gomer, Lo-Ammi, which means they are not my people. So you see by the life of the relationship between Hosea and Gomer a message was coming out of that and that is, God will scatter the people and then take revenge of the house of Jehu and these people are not mine and I will not be their God. God casts away His people but Israel will be numbered more than the sand of the shore. Why? Because God made a covenant with Abraham, Moses and David and God keeps His unconditional covenant. So, even when God is very upset with Israel, God will never forsake them. God keeps His word. We are in the same boat for God dwells in us all by the gift of God by Jesus Christ on the cross even when we were in a sinful state. For while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8. God will never leave us or forsake us, that is a promise to us.
Hosea was used by God to get the attention of the people of Israel of His love for them by the demonstration of the life of Hosea. It took many years for all of the message of God to the people of the house of Israel but in the end they took notice of God again.
Message Summary Are you running from circumstances that appear hopeless? Are you feeling the tugging on you heart that you can't quite understand? Well these all may be the prompting of the Holy Spirit of God to get your attention. Hosea and Gomer had a marriage that was difficult and full of impossible issues but God had a purpose for it all. Their marriage was a picture to the people of Israel of how we should not treat God. Gomer had freewill and made a bad choices but Hosea stayed faithful in the midst of it all…, why? Because Hosea listened to the grace of God and was sustained. You may be going through difficult times, circumstances of hardships, but if you listen to the prompting of God you will be sustained, but if you reject His promptings you could suffer and take the wrong paths. God will demonstrate His love to you in every way but it's up to you to recognize it and choose whom you will serve, God or man.