Short and Sweet: Unfaithful to the End


One of my favorite songs over the last few years has been from a guy named Andrew Peterson.  The song is called Hosea, and I’ve always thought it was disturbing subject matter for a Christian song, but the truth is exposed as we dig into the book of Hosea in the Bible.

The book (and the song) is about a prophet named Hosea.  He has been called by God to marry a prostitute in order to demonstrate the relationship between Jehovah and His people.  I couldn’t begin to imagine receiving that word for God.  I can’t stand to think of my wife being unfaithful – especially to the point that Gomer was.

For me, the verse that really stuck out from the get-go was Hosea 2:8

And she did not know
that it was I who gave her
the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and who lavished on her silver and gold,
which they used for Baal.

We can’t imagine what it would be like to be considered unfaithful to our spouses, but how unfaithful we are to God!  Try putting this verse into the first person.  God intended this passage, as well as this book, to be an example to us of how we treat Him.

And do you not know
that it was I who gave you
the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and who lavished on you silver and gold,
which you used for Baal.

God is the one who gives us the food that we glutton ourselves on.  He gives us the wealth that we worship.  He gives us the jobs that we put above Him and our families.  How many blessings has the Lord given you that you have turned around and given to Baal?

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