Focus Verse: Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. (6)
Names matter. God has not called us “not loved”, but “Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6 says, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Jesus the Christ Is God’s Beloved and because we are in Christ, we have also become God’s Beloved. It is not based on anything we have done or will do. It is all based on what Christ has done for us.
Focus Verse: “In that day I will respond,” declares the Lord—”I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; (21)
As Gomer was unfaithful to her husband Hosea, Israel has been unfaithful to God. But just as Gomer eventually returned to Hosea, Israel will return to God and in that day God will respond to their repentance and bless them. The same goes for any sinner.
Focus Verse: So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. (2)
Hosea bought his wife back for the amounts given above. God bought us with the blood of His Son, Jesus the Christ. God wanted to have a relationship with us so badly that He died for us. He considered our lives worth the death of His Son.
Focus Verse: There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. (2)
This sounds a lot like the land we live in today. Love and faithfulness is hard to find. Only cursing, lies and murder abound. When we stop acknowledging God, we abandon ourselves to bloodshed and violence. And we aren’t the only ones to suffer because of our sins, other living things suffer as well.
Focus Verse: Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. (13)
What the body of Christ needs is less judging and more loving. We are not in a position to judge the sincerity, devotion or the faith of another Christian just because they do not dress the way we dress or eat the foods we eat or drink the drinks we drink. The kingdom of God is not about how one dresses or what one eats, but about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. As followers of Christ, we have bigger things to focus on than arguing over disputable matters.