Tears for An Adulteress Wife — The Story of Hosea

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” — Hosea 3:1, NIV.

Hosea:

I watched as she entered the room,
Under the moonlit skies; the stars so dim
She slipped behind the curtain before my very eyes
And into the stranger’s embrace.

I watched from across the corridor,
Tears of anguish I cannot make sense
The sound of the night so deep
My heart ached so bad.

How is it that Lord you’ve called me to marry
A woman whom You know will leave me
How is it that in Your infinite wisdom, You will allow such atrocity within me.
What wrong have I done that You’ve called me to bear
A burden so great it seemed unfair

“Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her,
for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness” [1]
Then remember the curse of the ground and the sins of man;
The faithless fiancée of Mine; she broke the covenant We once shared [2].
What can I do with you, Son of Man?
I love you more than all the things you ever knew.

I will hide you in my eternal embrace,
Feel the warmth as I lay my arms around your waist.
Remember that I love her too; sometimes more than you
And one day she will too find
Rest in My eternal embrace.

“How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again. For I am God, and not a man — the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities.” — Hosea 11:8-9, NIV.


In light of the recent scandals in the Catholic Church, I think it is important to recognise that the Lord still loves His Church. No matter what they’ve done; no matter how deep they’ve dwelled into sin, the Lord will still love them. Though for a moment, troubles may arise from sin, it is important to note that the compassion of the Lord never fails. Though for a time, the Church may fall into temptation, the Lord is faithful and will lead her not into temptation and deliver her from evil; for the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory is God’s, now and forever, amen.

The more priests there were, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their glorious God for something disgraceful. They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness. And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.
“They will eat but not have enough; they will engage in prostitution but not flourish, because they have deserted the Lord to give themselves to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.

(But) My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again. For I am God, and not a man — the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities. — Hosea 4:7-10,11:8b-9, NIV.

Indeed. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Footnotes:

[1] — Hosea: 1:2, NIV.
[2] — Hosea 6:7.

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