No Love Like God’s Love 1
“Then said the LORD unto me, ‘Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.'” Hosea 3:1 (KJV)
The LORD again speaks to Hosea concerning his wife.
Hosea received command from God. “Hosea, love your wife again.” She is still in an unlovable state, yet God says, “Love her again”. He was obedient in putting her away. He was obedient in the naming of his children, and seeing God at work in his family situation. Would he obey in this as well? He would. He would follow wherever the LORD led.
Notice who God tells Hosea to love. Another woman? N0! The same Gomer who was entangled, and involved in temple prostitution, adultery against God and her husband. When is he to love her?
- While she still has other lovers;
- While she is still practicing her lewd ways.
Why is he to love her? He is to love Gomer to illustrate God’s love for unfaithful Israel.
God may withdraw His hand of grace, His protecting hedge about His people; for awhile, but it is always redemptive in purpose. He never forsakes His people. He loves His people and always knows what is beneficial for us.
“Woman loved by a lover” is equivalent to “Who look to other gods”, since Gomer represents Israel and Hosea – God. “Is committing adultery” is equivalent with “Love the raisin cakes [flagons of wine KJV] of pagans”. “The expression ‘And love raisin cakes’ describes the reason for their apostasy. ‘Loving raisin cakes’ is equivalent to loving sexual sin. ‘Raisin cakes’ were dried raisins pressed together for sweetmeat. Participants in the licentious Baal rites ate ‘Raisin cakes’. These delicacies symbolized to them the sweetness of their participation in the Baal fertility rites to satisfy their lusts, and to increase productivity throughout the land in every area of life. Such sin may indeed be sweet for a season like ‘Raisin cakes’ in the mouth, but it turns within the stomach ‘to the venom of cobras (See Job 20:14).” From the Study Book by John Traylor.
The “Raisin cakes” imply enjoyment of their lewd practices; and their neglect, and rejection for hearing the words of the LORD. Sin can indeed be enjoyed, but only for a short period, and it pays “Loan shark” interest rates.
Like has been said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go; Sin will leave you longer than you want to stay; Sin will cost you more than you want to pay.” But you will pay. By the love and grace of God our sin debt was paid by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, He was buried and He rose again. He is alive.
-Tim A. Blankenship