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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT
Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #3
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]
Hosea’s Wife Is Redeemed
In Hosea 3:1-3 NLT says, “1 Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” 2 So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine. 3 Then I said to her, “You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. During this time, you will not have sexual relations with anyone, not even with me.”
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This book, “From The WORDS And THOUGHTS To The SWORDS And BATTLEGROUNDS” is planned and designed with three goals in mind (thought): • To help us become more like our Lord Jesus Christ – so much like Him that our family, loved ones, friends, and others in our lives can see Him manifested and reflected in our words, actions, and attitudes. • To help us surrender and submit to God and resist the devil. • To help us be always victorious in our lives by winning the spiritual battles. Author’s next book is coming soon, entitled, “From The BATTLEGROUNDS and WARS To The OVERCOMING And VICTORIES”
In Verse 1 describes the words love a woman . . . an adulteress – Hosea was commanded to love her even though she loved adultery. In the same way, God still loved Israel, even though she was idolatrous (Jeremiah 3:20). The words – who look to other gods – The Israelites struggled with idolatry from the time of their exodus from Egypt up until this time. But from the time of her exile in Assyria and Babylon, Israel would never worship idols again (Hosea 3:4).
In Verse 2 describes the words – I bought her . . . fifteen pieces of silver – The price is too small to be a dowry payment, which might buy a wife from her parents. It is half the monetary price of a female slave, the rest being made up in grain. Hosea probably gave it as a bridal gift of some sort, though no such gift was legally required of him. It may also have been payment to free her from a position of slavery she had fallen into. The words – homer of barley – This was used to pay half of the price, perhaps a customary allowance of food for a slave. Barley is coarse, not the grain of choice. All this seems to indicate that through her sin, Gomer had fallen into hard times. In the same way, Israel committed sin and became a slave to it, suffering the consequences (John 8:34; Romans 6:16-20; 2 Peter 2:19). The low price paid for Gomer by Hosea symbolizes the worthlessness of Israel.
In Verse 3 describes the words – abide for me many days – She was to be separated from intercourse with other men and keep herself for Hosea who had redeemed her (cf. Deuteronomy 21:13). The words – so will I also be for thee – Hosea would set himself apart for Gomer as well. Similarly, Israel was to remain without serving other gods, apart from the Lord, and the Lord, for His part, would not form covenants with any other nations (cf. Hosea 3:4). He would not immediately receive His people into the rights of marriage, but He would test their repentance and discipline them by a long separation. Still the marriage bond remained – Israel was now separated, not divorced (Isaiah 50:1).
Through this account of forgiveness and love between husband and wife, we see that God is in love with His people, and His love is totally undeserved. His love has nothing to do with good things we have done, nor the time we have given Him in prayer and adoration. God is God! God is love! Our Lord Jesus Christ saves … period!Read More