Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hosea 3:2-4 (KJV) Sanctification and Spiritual Growth

Hosea 3:2-4 (KJV)
So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:
Though he has recovered his wife and bought her from the slave market; all is not as before. At least not yet.
Hosea imposes a period of perfecting.
  • There were commitments he expected her to keep 
  • They were the same as he promised her he would keep 
Restoration of relationships is no small thing. Violations must not be swept under the rug. Immediate forgiveness is essential of course, but restoration will take time and commitment.
We must never forget, however, that the primary lesson, in Hosea, is not concerning relationships but the relationship Israel has with God.
  • Loves
  • Forgives
  • Saves
But then He expects:
  • Sanctification and 
  • Spiritual growth
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Hosea 3:2-4 (KJV) Sanctification and Spiritual Growth

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