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The Royal - Book Four: Law Enforcement (Week 3)
Miles McPherson - September 26, 2010

Message Recap

At a wedding ceremony, the groom and bride say vows, promising their commitment to each other.  In our union with God as we accept Jesus as Savior, we can insert God’s name into the vows as a picture of our promise to Him: Do you take this God to be your lawfully wedded Savior, to love and honor Him to live together according to His Word, forsaking all other gods, keeping only unto Him as long as you live?

Israel “married” God in this manner.  He saved them from Egypt and called them His people, after which they turned their backs on Him and sought after other gods.  The Bible’s principles are timeless; the story of Israel, God’s wife who left Him and became sinful, is not far from our own story as Christians.  Many times we commit to following God, but then we turn away and go back to our sin.

In this fourth “book” of The Royal series, we are exploring Prophetic Language and how God used the words and lives of prophets to speak to His people.  In the book of Hosea, God instructed the Hosea the prophet to marry a prostitute as a symbol of the infidelity of Israel to Himself.  But now God calls His people Israel back to Him.  In this, there is a message for us as well: God says, I still love you and want to restore My relationship with you, but it’s up to you to accept My invitation.

1. God desires a new relationship with sinners.

The Bible says that if you are a sinner and you have never accepted Jesus’ sacrifice and offer of forgiveness, that you are at enmity with God.  He doesn’t want to be your enemy, but united with you.

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. And it shall be, in that day,” Says the LORD,  “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master…’”  Hosea 2:14-16

God reminds Israel of their miserable state before He saved them from bondage in Egypt and how He brought them out into freedom.  Israel is now seeking after other gods, but God is offering them a second chance.

The Bible tells us that the wages we are paid for sin is death.  Lies lead to broken relationships, drugs lead to addiction, keeping bad friendships leads to trouble.  In contrast, God has wonderful plans for us. He proposes to us as He did to Israel in the days of Hosea; He wants to marry us!  He allures us, speaking words of comfort, offering wholeness, vision, clarity, and purpose in exchange for our sin, chaos, and confusion.  Is there really anything to think about before we say “yes”?

2. God will host a wedding for His spiritual bride.

I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the LORD. Hosea 2:19-20

God promises Israel that He will be an amazing husband—righteous, just, kind, loving, faithful, merciful, honest, and providing everything.  Will you let Him be that to you?  You may never have had that kind of person or Father in your life, but that has nothing to do with who God is.  He offers a wonderful union, but it can’t be one-sided; it’s up to you to say “yes.”

3. New blessings come with a new marriage.

You may be experiencing drama and suffering in your life, but God can help you with all of that.  He offers His hand in marriage, promising His blessing.

The earth shall answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they shall answer Jezreel. Hosea 2:22

God promises that once Israel returns to Him, He will bless them, their animals, their crops, and their land.  Everything God takes care of on this earth is blessed!  Why wouldn’t we want to be part of that? 

4. God’s people become blessed and a blessing to others.

“Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’” Hosea 2:23

Are you feeling like you lack blessing?  One of the best therapies for this is to find someone worse off than you and offer a hand.   Ask the Lord how He wants to use you in this world.  The first step is accept His invitation to walk beside Him as a member of the church, His bride.

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