The Prodigal Bride and Ever-loving Groom

Unfathomable Grace

Hosea is the story of a good God’s undeserved, unchanging, and unfathomable love for his prodigal bride. It is Good News for all of us who wander from our Divine Lover, dance with the devil, taste his poison, experience his horrific consequences, and find ourselves dissatisfied, disreputable, and damaged. In this story, we will see Jesus — our Ever-Loving Groom — never changes in his affection for and towards us. He is the faithful spouse of all his prodigal brides.

The story begins as follows:

The word of the Lord that came to Hosea … “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” So he went and took Gomer … (Hosea 1:2-3)

Hosea obeys God. He intentionally selects Gomer to be his wedded bride, and he does so knowing her sinful inclinations. As the story…

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