One of the most shocking stories in the Minor Prophets is the story of Hosea. Again and again, God asks his prophets to endure terrible and uncomfortable experiences to illustrate what “we” are doing to God. God starts off asking Hosea to marry a prostitute so that he will experience her cheating on him and bearing children through the act of prostitution. It is in this way we are to see how our actions are similar to God. When we turn against God and turn to materialism, comfort, power or any other god, we are like the prostitute bearing children through that horrible act. Can you imagine that?
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.