120815: We’re Not All That
The beginning of the book of Hosea strikes me as kinda funny. God tells the Hosea, “Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the LORD. So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim…” Hosea 1:2-3 (NKJ).
Did Gomer ever wonder, “Why was I chosen by Hosea to be his wife?” She was chosen because she was a “wife of harlotry.” Matthew Henry’s commentary explains this:
- He (Hosea) married a woman of ill fame, Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, not one that had been married and had committed adultery, for then she must have been put to death, but one that had lived scandalously in the single state. To marry such a one was not malum in se– evil in itself, but only malum per accidens– incidentally an evil, not prudent, decent, or expedient, and therefore forbidden to the priests… but not a sin when God commanded it for a holy end; nay, if commanded, it was his duty, and he must trust God with his reputation.
Gomer might have been thinking that she hit the jackpot by becoming the wife of a prominent man. She may have even bragged about snagging a guy who could put her up in a nice house, pay her bills, and provide for her so she wouldn’t have to work. She may have been singing like Destiny’s Child “Can you pay my bills? Can you pay my telephone bills? Do you pay my automo’ bills?” No matter the reason why she thought she had been picked, in reality, she was not all that. Gomer was chosen because of her propensity toward sexual sin – hardly an admirable quality.
Let’s not get too hung up on our goodness and greatness. I John 3:1(NKJ) says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” We’re not all that. God didn’t reach down to us because we were lovely and lovable. We too were chosen because of our propensity toward sin; yet God has loved us, Jesus died for us, the Holy Spirit fills and empowers us, and He calls us His children. Wow!
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