I love introducing myself as Dallas’s wife. We recently moved to his ‘hometown’. Being his wife in a place where he is well known and well loved is pretty awesome. Even better is when HE introduces me to other people as his wife. It’s not just me claiming him but him claiming me.
Have you ever read the story of Hosea? If you haven’t I highly suggest it. It is not a story that we hear a lot about on Sunday morning. It certainly is not one that I recall hearing about at Sunday school. (Probably for good reason I don’t think the account would resonate with children like it does with adults).
I’m going to give you a little summary but I still encourage you to go read the narrative for yourself if you have the time or the energy. The whole book of Hosea is 13 chapters. The account of Hosea and his wife can be found in the first three chapters.
In the book of Hosea God instructs the prophet Hosea to go and get married. God does not tell Hosea to go after the perfect church going girl that mothers fawn after and want for their sons. God tells Hosea to go and get himself a a whore for a wife. I’m not exaggerating about the character of Hosea’s wife…..
“When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said 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, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.”
Hosea and Gomer go on to have more children. The kids had some interesting names: No Mercy, Jezreel, and Not My People.
Gomer leaves her husband and the Lord says to Hosea “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” (Hosea 3:1-2).
Throughout the book of Hosea the writer draws parallels between the marriage of faithful Hosea and unfaithful Gomer and the unfaithfulness of God’s people and their faithful Lord.
In spite of the unfaithfulness of Hosea, Gomer is called to love his wife.
In spite of the unfaithfulness of the Israelite’s God loves and is faithful to His people.
In spite of our unfaithfulness, Jesus loves and is faithful to us. His faithfulness lead him to the cross. His faithfulness will end in the church’s marriage to himself.
We can introduce ourselves as Christ’s bride. One day we will be living in his hometown of heaven. Not only in his hometown but in his Fathers home. (John 14:1-3) Not only will we be able to call ourselves his bride, He will claim us as his bride. We are well loved now and we will be well loved when we relocate to our heavenly hometown. Our sin will no longer separate us from our bridegroom, Christ. We will no longer feels the effects of sins and we will get to experience perfect communion with Christ, our bridegroom.
Our earthly marriages may be a disaster or they may look great. A marriage will come between Christ and the church that will blow every earthly marriage on earth out of the water.
I will leave you today with these words from a hymn…
(sidenote: I adore my husband, I love him dearly, I love being introduced as his wife. There are times, however, when it’s not as pretty as the situation I described above. There are times when I shake my head in confusion, grind my teeth in frustration, and let my words drip with sarcasm and dislike when I speak to or about him. The times when our marriage can be a shadow of what is to come with Christ and his church are beautiful and not to be overlooked. That is why I am writing this. I’m not writing to give an example of our perfect marriage because that would be a lie but to give an illustration from life. When things are playing out as God intended it is beautiful and can give us tiny glimpses of the goodness of Jesus. It can give us something we have felt or something tangible we can relate to. I am so thankful for those moments when Jesus shines through. When things in life are destroyed by sin we can look with hope to the future. We can look with hope to our future, with the rest of the church, as the bride of Christ.)