by Dr. Ed Young

#653 February 28, 1988- PM
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Hosea 3:1-5
Open your Bibles to Hosea, Chapter Number 3. Let's bow for prayer together.
"Father, we pray not vainly, not tritely, not repetitiously, not out of habit
or custom or in any sense of a ritual; but, Lord, we ask that You would speak
and let me get out of the way so that Thy Word and Thy holy and divine message
might be heard, received, understood, and incorporated into our lifestyles.
For we make this prayer believing, trusting, leaning on Thy Son and our
Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen."
We're studying the book of Hosea, and I think we need to remember that Hosea
is a pageant. It is a play in human life. Not that Hosea is playing a part.
His experience is very real. But Hosea is written by a prophet inspired by
God, who had suffered greatly, and in his suffering had come to perceive and
to know the mind of God like few men in the Old Testament, or, for that
matter, few men who had lived in the world to that day. Hosea, Chapter number
three, has only five verses, but it's one of the greatest chapters in all the
Bible. And you could even build a case for it being THE greatest chapter in
all the Bible. Because it pictures the love of God.
Now, I want to ask you a question: In all of history -- that's a big sweep --
all of history, that's all of it.. where would you find the love of God most
completely revealed? Where? The answer: at the cross of Jesus Christ.
Nowhere do you see, feel, understand, have applied, interpreted, laid out
before, anyone, anybody, anytime, any place the love of God as you see it
there on Calvary. This third chapter of Hosea is about that love. It's an
introduction, it's a preamble, it's setting the stage, it is a prophetic word
about that love of God there displayed on Calvary.
And we see a touch of Calvary everywhere we look at the life of God's prophet
Hosea. He married Gomer. They had three children, or rather together they
had ...

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