“When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea: ‘Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the Lord.” – Hosea 1:2
Hosea married a woman named Gomer. Some Bible students believe that Gomer was already a prostitute when Hosea married her, and others believe she eventually went into that lifestyle. There are good arguments for both cases. Either way, this was an “action sermon” much like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were asked to perform. But, Hosea’s was much more difficult. “It was a vivid picture of what the people of Israel had done to their God,” Wiersbe writes, “by prostituting themselves to idols and committing ‘spiritual adultery.'”
Sometimes God asks His servants to do some things that seem unorthodox and leave us questioning another person’s heart and intentions. That is a dangerous place to be because you cannot see inside someone’s heart and mind, we must be careful not to be too critical.
In Luke 7 when Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees and lawyers He mentions the people of that generation and describes them as “children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not weep.’ Supposedly, these were children’s games at the time.
Jesus was saying that John came preaching “turn or burn,” and Jesus came with the approach of love, grace, and mercy, and both methods were rejected. He was telling them they were childish and hard-hearted. They knew what they needed to do to have a right relationship with God, but because they wanted their way, they acted like pouting children.
I believe the Bible teaches that God will go to great lengths sometimes to get our attention, even putting Jesus on the cross. Many, however, will never accept Jesus no matter how He approaches them. Are you part of that “many?” Does He have your attention yet?
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Jesus (Matthew 7:13-14)