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You've Got To Feel Me / Hosea & Gomer
Hosea 1: 1-3,
And the word of the Lord that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, " Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord." So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which she conceived, and bare him a son.
Hosea 3: 1-3,
Then said the Lord unto me, " Go yet, love a woman beloved to 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." So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I be for thee.
Weddings are probably one of the most beautiful occasions that a Man or Woman of God will have an opportunity to officiate over. A time when the groom stands nervously in his Tux and Tails at the altar, waiting to hear the musician strike up the entry song , " Here Comes The Bride," and then to watch as his lovely bride comes slowly down the isles, in her flowing white lace gown and long train, to join him at the altar.
I believe that for any man, standing before the altar of God, and the assembly of his family and friends, anxiously awaiting the arrival of his betrothed, few other experiences in life can compare. A proud groom, just a few short minutes away from proclaiming his love before the world, and coming into covenant relationship, or Holy Union with her as her loving husband, and she as his bride.
Standing there in the presence of God, family, and friends to promise her his undying love and devotion for as long as they both shall live. Promising to honor and protect her, through all things that come their way, as long as they both shall live. Remembering in his spirit the words, " He that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing."
We Commit Spiritual Adultery Against God
We, as born again believer's, are married to God. Yet, we continually commit spiritual adultery against God.
God told Hosea, "Go, and marry a Whore." Have children with her, and live as a loving husband and father. God said, love your wife, love her deeply and intimately. Spend time with her, hear her words and thoughts. Go and work hard for her, give her the world on a silver platter. Give her all of the finer things that life has to offer. Design and build a home for her, allow her to drive around in luxury cars. Buy her exquisite pieces of hand-crafted jewelry, and adorn her in designer clothes.
Then Hosea, "Watch" as she takes the things that you have given her, and gives those things to her lovers. Pay attention to her not being home when you get in from a hard day at the office. Notice how she spends more time alone, out shopping, getting her hair and nails done, or just supposedly, out with the girls. Don't miss the fact that she's no longer interested in being intimate or spending personal passionate time with you, her husband. Hear her phone ring, and take note that she goes to another room to answer. Notice how she's happy and jubilant in the company of her friends, yet, everything that you say to her upsets her, and gets on her nerves.
God told Hosea, " You Got To Feel Me."
I have looked beyond the faults of my people, and supplied their every need, and they turn from me to worship the gods of the nations around them. I have loved them, with an unconditional love, even while they were yet sinners, I sent my Only Begotten Son into the world, to redeem them of sin, and still, they give their affection and attention to others.
Hosea, You Got To Feel Me. You got to feel what I feel when my wife leaves me for another. You got to feel what I feel when she gives the treasures of my love to another.