Lets’ Get Married
I heard a sermon many years ago by Brother Kenneth Bow of Sumner, Washington called “Let’s Get Married” with the text being the Book of Hosea. It is online, but you have to pay for it. I was fortunate enough to catch it at the place he preached it in Florida.
Brother Bow preached about the marital life of Hosea, the infidelity, the children born that were not his. He preached about how the people of the place where he lived were astounded by his behavior, by the great love he showed to Gomer despite what she had done. And then how she wandered away from him. Brother Bow preached that the 2nd woman, the one he buys was also Gomer (some do interpret it differently) and then told her to call him Ishi (husband) not Baal (Lord) because he was really looking for her heart.
His summation of the preaching was about our marriage to Jesus, and how He is looking for our hearts, and that he will often adopt what is not His, things He didn’t foster, just to prove His love for us. He wants us to do the things of God because we love Him, not because we have to. He was the innocent one, but He sought her still. He said He would betroth us to Him in faithfulness. (I had to go back and listen to it, it is so beautiful). Since it was young people he touched on the fact that many kids do things because their parents do.
His last words were about falling in love with Jesus and His faithfulness and great love for us.
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord. Hosea 2:19-20