I had the privilege of preaching at my local church last Sunday on Hosea and Gomer – the recording is here if you’re interested.
But in preparation for preaching I encountered the biggest challenge that I face every time I preach; I’ve spent hours and hours digging around, researching the passage and history and everything, then have to choose what to leave out.
So, I thought I’d just throw down here some of the bits I originally included, but then missed out from the preach itself.
Old Testament use of the word ‘whore’
The Hebrew word for whore is zanuwn – it’s used four times in the opening phrase of Hosea and over 100 times throughout the Old Testament…this word is important for our understanding of the Christian faith!
Rahab was a prostitute mentioned in Jesus’ family tree.
Reformed porn star
There’s a lady out there called Kim, but most people would recognise her as Houston – she once won an award for the best selling video of all time as she broke the record for having sex with more people in one day than anyone in recorded history, but is now a Christian.
A Christian lady had cheated on her husband during their engagement, she eventually confessed and the husband bought her a new, clean, white nightgown. He dressed her in it and said, ‘I choose to see you as Jesus does’.
Grace a second time (3:1)
‘If you have had grace once the Lord has more for you. Did you have happy times when old Dr. So-and-so was your pastor? Well, the doctor is dead, but God is not. Were you very much delighted when you used to sit in such-and-such a church, in years gone by, and have you moved into the country now? Yes, but God has not moved. He is in the country as well as in the town. You tell me you had such happy times when you were young. Yes, but God is neither younger nor older. Go to him, for he is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.’ - Charles Spurgeon
God’s forgiveness, and forgetting
‘Suppose that someone had grievously offended any one of you, and that he asked your forgiveness, do you not think that you would probably say to him, ‘Well, yes, I forgive you; but I – I – I – cannot forget it’? Ah! dear friends, that is a sort of forgiveness with one leg chopped off, it is a lame forgiveness, and is not worth much.’ - Charles Spurgeon
‘This is a wonderful chapter to be at the end of such a book. I had never expected from such a prickly shrub to gather so fair a flower, so sweet a fruit; but so it is: where sin abounded, grace doth much more abound. No chapter in the Bible can be more rich in mercy than this last of Hosea; and yet no chapter in the Bible might, in the natural order of things, have been more terrible in judgment. Where we looked for the blackness of darkness, behold a noontide of light!’ - Charles Spurgeon
Why does God only save some?
‘God is a lover and a husband. He is not a rapist, he will not force his love. He will woo, draw by attraction, but not force.’ - Monsignor Charles Pope
You are sicker than you think
Isaiah 64:6 tells us that our finest efforts are a polluted garment – what is it like when we make no effort?
80% of married women admit to having frequent sexual fantasies about men who they are not married to. 98% of men do.
The nature of sin
‘It is not the importance of the thing, but the majesty of the Lawgiver, that is to be the standard of obedience…[The question] is really this: Is the Lord to be obeyed in all things whatsoever he commands?’ – Andrew Bonar