No Love Like God’s Love 2
“So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: and I said unto her, ‘Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.” Hosea 3:2-3 (KJV)
Obedience must be the heart of the prophet. Hosea obeyed. He bought his wife and freed her from the licentious, debaucherous bondage she was in.
The price was steep. What price is too high to pay to redeem what you love? The price God would pay to redeem all mankind was high as well. It cost Him the life of His only begotten Son.
Hosea was not told to wait and love Gomer after she straightened up her life. He was commanded to love her unconditionally. It is hard to love the unlovable, the unloving, the unkind. It is hard to love when that love is not returned. That is what real love is. Hosea did. God does. His children do, else they are not His children (1 John 4:8). We are able to love, because we are God’s purchased possession (1 Corinthians 6:20). We are forgiven, and indwelt by the Spirit of Christ.
Just as Hosea paid a price for Gomer’s redemption, and God pays a price for Israel’s and our redemption, so too, it requires a price for us to love unconditionally. The price we pay is openness; our lives opened up to hurt, rejection; when we love we open our lives to those we love. The price we pay is giving; giving ourselves, our time in order to see that one we love set free from their problem, trials and bondages. The price we pay is tough love; chastening is not pleasant; it will be hated at times by the one we love. The price we pay is forgiveness; someone must pay, and it will be the one who forgives.
Redemption is always at a high price. Forgiveness and cleansing are not free. Someone must pay. In Gomer’s place Hosea paid the price. In Israel’s stead God pays the price. “The Redeeming Love of God” for all people is through the death, burial, and resurrection of God’s Son Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:19; 2:24; John 3:16).
Accepted redemption, such as Gomer’s must have made, requires and gives a change of life, and life style.
There was to be a period of cleansing discipline for Gomer. She would not go back to her “Lovers”. She would not “Play the harlot”, or would Hosea have another woman.
When God redeems us there is a time for cleansing – it is called life. There will come a day when we will be with Him; and when we stand in His presence we will be clean, by the blood of Jesus.
-Tim A Blankenship