Redeem My Wife!

Peter is referring to Hosea 2:23. He compared the church to God’s people, Israel.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Hosea in chapters. 4–14 comprise descriptions throughout Hosea’s ministry. Hosea document God’s divine outrage for an ugly variety of unfaithfulness:

  • Corruption of the religious leaders (Hosea 4:4–10).
  • Idolatry of the masses (Hosea 4:11–19); Corruption and idolatry again (Hosea 5:1–7).
  • For both Israel’s and Judah’s roles in the disgraceful Syro-Ephraimite War (Hosea 5:8–6:6)
  • For breach of their covenant with God through religious syncretism (Hosea 6:7–11; 8:4–6, 11–13; 9:1–9),
  • Because of civil strife (Hosea 6:11–7:7; 8:4, 14),
  • For their quest for national security by means of alignment with foreign nations (Hosea 7:8–16).

Hosea traces Israel’s spiritual history, including apostasy and faithlessness (Hosea 11:11–13:11). Finally, the book concludes with a call to repentance and the promise of divine forgiveness (ch. 14).

But the character of God is revealed most clearly in Hosea 2:14 – 3:5. Despite His people’s infidelity, apostasy, syncretism, and faithlessness Hosea is instructed to redeem his wife.

Listen to God’s heart for his people:

  • “Therefore, behold, I will allure her … and speak kindly to her (Hosea 2:14).
  • “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In loving kindness and in compassion, (Hosea 2:19).
  • “And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord. (Hosea 2:20).
  • “I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they will say, ‘You are my God!’ ” (Hosea 2:20).
By | 2017-11-13T18:17:53+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Categories: Hope|Tags: , |

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Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 20 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God’s blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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