I’ve been reading Hosea in an Accountabilibuddy group and it has struck me just how much of a whore I am, and we can all be. There is so much imagery in the bible about Jesus as our bridegroom and the church as His bride. I think this extends to us individually as His bride, and I’m a whore!

Much like the image of God having Hosea marry a whore to represent Israel and God’s relationship, when I think of my relationship with Jesus in these terms, I can’t believe how He must feel. We cheat on our spiritual spouse with time commitment issues, workaholic issues, not to mention all the “obvious” cheats like adultery, not taking care of our physical bodies, lying, cheating, etc.

I can’t imagine how our earthly spouses would feel if we treated them like we sometimes treat Jesus. I can’t imagine how my wife would feel if I never did anything “just because I love her”, or if I only spent 1-2 hours a week with her, or if I never talked to her about life. Reading Hosea just reminded me about the close loving relationship that Jesus truly wants.

Fortunately for all of us, Jesus has a lot more grace and forgiveness than our earthly spouses! Still, though, how can I be more faithful???

8 comments
  1. This is very well stated. I have been dwelling on this for such a long while now, not being able to put my finger on what it is exactly.

    many times i feel like the church (the Bride) is so ignorant of Jesus, the man…the heritage of his Jewish-ness & also, His very spirit…The HOLY one.

    If only more christians felt this way & did something about it–our entire world would be a different place…

  2. This is very well stated. I have been dwelling on this for such a long while now, not being able to put my finger on what it is exactly.

    many times i feel like the church (the Bride) is so ignorant of Jesus, the man…the heritage of his Jewish-ness & also, His very spirit…The HOLY one.

    If only more christians felt this way & did something about it–our entire world would be a different place…

  3. Your last comment sentence Meredith reminded me of something I heard yesterday while listening to message given by Francis Chan.

    “If we just loved God and loved other like we were supposed to would we ever have to hear a message on evangelism?”

    I would say no.

  4. Your last comment sentence Meredith reminded me of something I heard yesterday while listening to message given by Francis Chan.

    “If we just loved God and loved other like we were supposed to would we ever have to hear a message on evangelism?”

    I would say no.

  5. I just started reading Hosea today, so I am glad I was behind on reading blog posts!

    The imagery is so striking-a man willing dealing with a wife’s infidelity, a wife he knew would be so before he married sounds unbelievable until you put it in the context of God and Israel, of Christ and His church.

    It is then that it sounds even more incredible that He would do for us what He did knowing that we would do what we are doing yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    AndyCs last blog post..A Bacon Driven Life

  6. I just started reading Hosea today, so I am glad I was behind on reading blog posts!

    The imagery is so striking-a man willing dealing with a wife’s infidelity, a wife he knew would be so before he married sounds unbelievable until you put it in the context of God and Israel, of Christ and His church.

    It is then that it sounds even more incredible that He would do for us what He did knowing that we would do what we are doing yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    AndyCs last blog post..A Bacon Driven Life

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