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God's Stubborn Love

Updated on February 15, 2011

God’s Stubborn Love

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites , though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

Hosea 3 :1


The Book of Hosea begins with a love story, a painful, heartbreaking personal love story, the prophet’s very own. Hoses had married Gomer, a woman who acted like a prostitute. Yet the more she cheated on him, the more Hosea loved her. Hosea gave Gomer everything a good wife deserved: his love and affection, his home and shelter, his name, his honor and reputation. But Gomer did not reciprocate all this devotion shown to her by her husband Hosea instead she betrayed his trust and responded by living with other men. He warned her, he pleaded with her, he punished her. She humiliated him until he wanted to cry, yet still he clung to her.


Why did Hosea begin this book with his personal love story ? Because God had expressly told him to relate it to more tragic love story: the painful love story between God and His people Israel. There is a parallelism between the two love stories. God could have simply declared, “ Israel is like a wife to me – an adulterous wife. Instead He used Hosea to act out the treachery in real life – and to show in living color God’s fury, His jealousy and above all else, His love for His people.


God is always so passionate about His love for Israel which He considers His bride. God loves Israel with an undying devotion. God provided everything to Israel, everything a nation could ask for, He provided them with a rich and fertile land, His loving providence, His Law, His glory, His presence, His shield and protection, His covenant. God does not want to be only “master” to His people but He want to be a husband , giving all of Himself in intimate love.


But Israel did not remain faithful to God inspite of God’s undying devotion to her. The Israelites deserted the only true and living God and worshipped other gods. They have comimited spiritual adultery. When most people must have been preoccupied with politics and military matters, Hosea kept his message aimed at idol worship, which he referred to as adultery. He saw that as the rest of Israel’s problems.


Israel tended to mix religions freely- to think that everybody’s religion had a little truth in it, and the more religion you got, the better you would be, Many prophets attacked Israel’s idol worship . Hosea has shown that God’s concern about idolatry is no fussy, religious matter, It is terribly personal. God, the lover will not share His bride with anyone.


God’s anger and jealousy expressed so often throughout the Old Testament, reflects His powerful love. Sin does not merely break God’s Law but it breaks His heart. He punishes to get His lover’s attention. Yet even when she turns back on Him, He sticks with her. He is willing to suffer in hope that someday she will change. Hosea demonstrates that God longs not to punish but to love. And even though how many times Israel break His heart, He will still choose to love her in the end. God’s love indeed is a stubborn love.


SOURCE :

The New International Version Devotional Study Bible

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    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi James it is great to hear from you again. Thanks for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit is always appreciated and your comments are great encouragement to me. Blessings to you always and best regards.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      This story from Hosea has always moved me deeply. It is beautiful and mysterious. Thank you for this marvelous Hub about it. It is very good!

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi christ4ever it is great to hear from you. Thank you for visiting my hubs. Your comments are great source of encouragement to me. Truly God loves us with an everlasting love. There are times that we fail as christians but it never diminish God's love for us. God is always faithful to sustain us through the years. Remain blessed and regards.

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 

      7 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      Nice job Christina and I've been liking what you've been writing about the early churches too. The bit I just finished on all the early Apostles/disciples refreshed my memory about the troubles the early church had to endure. I love the comparison woth Hosea and Israel, as how many covenants they had broken with the Lord over the ages, yet He still kept favoring them. Thankfully for us all, He finally sent Christ so no more covenants were necessary (or worry about them being broken either).

      Keep honoring Him and be blessed... Rev.Ted

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Eunice it is great to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by and appreciating this hub. YOur visit is much appreciated. Blessings to you and regards.

    • Eunice Stuhlhofer profile image

      Eunice Stuhlhofer 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for bringing out the passionate love of God which does not give up on us even when we aren't always faithful. Great hub!!!

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi skye2day it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your comments are a great encouragement to me and it is gretaly appreciated. I am always glad to see you visiting my hubs. You always leave great words of encouragement to me. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      skye2day 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      hello sister. I love this. Beautiful heartfelt and true. I felt the Holy Spirit in each word Christina. You have shared a part of God that many do not come to terms with or hark-en to. For me I was stirred God tells us,He is God. God is not mocked. He will have no other Gods before Him His Love os so amazing He waits for His creation to come to Him. He is returning soon. I pray many that are lost are found. We make reservations in this life time for the next. I savored your writing and it is fresh like the living, true waters of Jesus Christ Wonderful read. Up sister and awesome. Glory to God Sending Hugs.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi JeanieR it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your comments are great source of encouragement to me.God indeed is the greatest lover of all time. Blessings to you and regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi lifegate it is great to hear from you again. I am thankful for your comments. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes I agree with you whenever God displays His wrath among His children, love is always behind it. But after the wrath God always choose to love in the end. Blessings to you and regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Mathews it is nice to hear from you again. Thank you for taking time to read this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes we christians as the bride of Christ is also very precious to God As the nation Israel is precious in His eyes. The Book of Hosea has proven God's timeless love for israel. God's love indeed is a stubborn love. Blessings to you always. Regards.

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      JeanieR 

      7 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

      Superbly done...the stubborn love of God. Most of us never get to the point of actually seeing it. You have done a splendid job of making it visible in this hub. I especially love your line: "Hosea has shown that God’s concern about idolatry is no fussy, religious matter, It is terribly personal. God, the lover will not share His bride with anyone.

      Kudos

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "Instead He used Hosea to act out the treachery in real life – and to show in living color God’s fury." Beautiful choice of words, Cristina. God acts in spiritual living color sometimes in our lives, but if we're paying attention, we'll see the love behind the wrath. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Cristina: God delivers a powerful message to the people through Hosea teaching the Israelites and us too how precious we are to God.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Hi godpreacher it is great to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes sin does break God's heart so next time we are attempting to sin we must carefully consider the hurt that it will bring to God's heart. If we indeed love God we will not break His heart. Remain blessed always. Regards.

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      godpreacher 

      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      cristina327,

      I love the story of Hosea. I love the way God used him to show Israel their sin, adultery, and rebellion towards him, who loved them with an unconditional love. It is true, sin does not only break God's law, it breaks God's heart.

      God Bless

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