Mon, 11 September 2006
Hosea (salvation) is one of the most unusual books of the Bible - the story of a young prophet told to marry a beautiful prostitute, who after the birth of their children is drawn back to her old life. She is repeatedly unfaithful. It is a story of unrequited love and deep ingratitude, but it is also a story of a yet more presistent love, forgiveness and a plea for return (repentance). It is a picture of God's enduring love for his own wayward people. These lessons are rich in spiritual insight and passionate longing for the sinner's return.