New Wine for New Wineskins January 2011

By , January 30, 2011 1:19 am

Let the Weak SpeakLet the Weak Speak (Part 29)

The Prophets – Walking the Talk (4)

Hosea became a sign and a wonder when the Lord told him to marry a prostitute….

Hosea 1: 2

2 When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea: “Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the LORD.”

Most guys I ever met in my youth wanted to marry a virgin!  They may have been quite happy to deny as many other guys as possible that opportunity before they married their virgin but that is still what they aspired to!  Take heed young women!  Don’t give yourself to anyone who hasn’t walked down the aisle with you and don’t walk down the aisle with just anyone!  Every sexual encounter outside of marriage just attaches more baggage to your life that you will carry into any subsequent marriage.

God was speaking through his prophet to his people that he considered them to have become like a prostitute.  But God also wanted to communicate his enduring love towards his people despite their unfaithfulness towards him.

Make no mistake!  This is not something that God would ask everyone to do.  It is important that we do only what He asks us to do and always wait for his leading and direction so that we don’t just haphazardly fall into situations that are way over our heads!  It is also important that we are carefully listening to God so that we don’t miss what he is asking us to do simply because it doesn’t fit the status quo!

Can you imagine what kind of flak Hosea would have gotten from people when they discovered who he was marrying!

You can imagine people saying, “What in the world is a righteous man like you doing marrying a woman like her!  How on earth did you meet her anyway?”  Hosea would have explained how he had asked God to give him a wife who would be a support to him in his ministry and how the LORD  had told him to marry a prostitute.  What kind of response would that have got!  And then he explains how he had to go trawling through the red light district with his head down and rejecting all attempts to engage him in business until the LORD showed him the one who was to be his wife.  Then he would have had to convince her that this was a God thing!

He then marries her and she appears to have changed as she settles into life as a prophet’s wife.

Their first child arrives and the LORD instructs Hosea to call him Jezreel which means “God Scatters”.  Child number two is a daughter and the LORD says to call her, “Lo-Ruhamah” which means “No Mercy”.  Child number three and son number two is to be called, “Lo-Ammi” which means, “Not My People”.  Hosea’s children were walking prophecies to God’s people!

Sadly, it later becomes apparent that Gomer is playing away from home and eventually she returns completely to her former life.  However, even though Hosea would have been hurt and angry at his wife’s betrayal and no doubt he would have had his family, friends and colleagues telling him that he was well shot of her and to get a divorce as fast as he could, he loved her and chose to act in obedience to God and not just to his own feelings or emotions.  He was pulling on the strength of God that comes when we choose to love unconditionally. And so, when the LORD told him to go and bring her home he had to buy her back but he obeyed and brought her back into his house as his wife.

Hosea 3: 1 – 2

1 Then the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.”
2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley.

The good news is that Gomer eventually got the message and became a faithful wife and mother.

If we don’t keep reaching out to people in love – including those who may be our enemies and who deliberately hurt us and malign us, or even just unwittingly cause us pain and disappointment then they will never get the message of how much God loves them!

Remember – if we can’t reach them with love then they can’t be reached!

Matthew 24: 3 – 14

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Over the past couple of weeks as I have been meditating on our prophetic declaration for this year – “The Kingdom of Heaven in 2011” – I was seeking revelation on what hinders God’s people from entering into the fullness of all that he has provided for us.  I finally came to one word that seemed to be at the root of every failure to enter in.  The word is betrayal.  Betrayal is defined as “disloyalty to (one’s country, organization, or ideology) by acting in the interests of an enemy.”  Betrayal is the enemy of our soul’s number one strategy to interrupt and hinder our entering into and experiencing the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God for our lives.

If we feel betrayed by someone and do not deal with the offence that results from that sense of betrayal then we will perpetuate that betrayal.  Just as hurt people hurt people, betrayed people betray people.  A quick study of the history of God’s people will reveal that failures to enter into and enjoy the fullness of God’s blessings of protection and provision were the result of betrayal.  It was there in the beginning in the garden, and it is still there today.

Jesus said that betrayal leads to offence leading to more betrayal and hatred – creating an atmosphere where the false prophetic and deception can influence many – resulting in lawlessness and causing many people’s love to grow cold.

Even Jesus was tempted in the Garden of Gethsemane to give up on his rescue mission of love.  He knew that he was about to be betrayed.  That is why he exhorted his disciples to watch and pray lest they should enter into the same temptation to give up on love, because although our born again spirit is always willing, our flesh is weak!

It is only love that never fails!  Walking in love will always make you a sign and a wonder! Every true prophet of the LORD doesn’t just talk the talk – he walks the talk!

IT IS TIME to realise our potential and become the signs and wonders we are designed to be and to become the most exciting thing that is going on wherever we are!

Isaiah 8: 18

18 Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me!
We are for signs and wonders in Israel
From the LORD of hosts,
Who dwells in Mount Zion.

Joel 3: 9 – 10

9 Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’”


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