Adultery and divorce. They go together like love and marriage. Today we learn that God sees our pursuit of the sweet cakes of the world as adultery in our relationship with him, yet he is still willing to work it out, not abandon us, and even look like a chump doing it…
1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. 3 Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”
4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.
What are your sacred raisin cakes? Israel kept turning to the things they loved and made them idols to worship instead of worshiping and loving the God who loved them and had saved them from slavery in Egypt. Sounds familiar, no?
Hosea, who was married to an adulteress, was told by God to love her and dedicate himself to her, even though she cheated on him repeatedly. Would you do that? Most of us would say that adultery is the no-fly zone. All bets are off if you cheat.
We will use our God-given divorce card if our spouse strays.
Why? We don’t want to look like chumps, do we? It’s too embarrassing. They make a mockery of us and our commitment. The vows we made are dragged through the dirt… And so we divorce. We’ve had enough. There is no way back.
I have seen this play out several times in real life. And every once in a while you see someone buck the trend and figure out how to stay together and heal through it. It’s pretty rare. It’s hoseaic, if not absolutely heroic. I’m not sure if I could do it. Could you?
When I say, could you, I am really asking if you could show the love for your spouse that God shows you every day, week, month, as you cheat on him with the world you often place ahead of him in your priorities and love life…
That’s what God does. Jesus has committed himself to a cheating bride just like Hosea has.
Don’t see it that way? Read James 4:4:
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
God sees our pursuit of the sweet cakes of the world as adultery in our relationship with him. And he wants us back. He will keep loving us and will actually reconcile with the cheating wife we are because he wants so bad for us to be married for eternity.
What do you want? And are you willing to look like a chump for your marriage? Are you willing to realize that God was willing to look like a chump for your relationship with him? He gave his son to die and rise again for a bunch of adulterers. Praise God, I am one…