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The word "whore" sounds very harsh and painful to our ears and we search for a "softer" word, because ultimately we are "Gomer" and we are going to have to "own" this title for ourselves.
We stumble over this stumbling stone because there is a teensy, weensy, bit of horribly ugly pride in us that says, in a teensy, weensy way I am just slightly better than the chosen people. So, when "their deserved punishment" comes from God, I will be safely away, escaping to a "marriage supper". See how ugly pride is when it is exposed to light!
If this were to occur it would be a scene out of a horror movie, the groom looking aghast at the bride coming down the aisle, the severed and bleeding bottom half of a human woman with no torso from the waist up, organs and blood sticking out, because pride has blinded love and somehow the bottom half of the body is okay with the top half being cut off and tortured while "off we go" to the wedding!
Pride is a horror story.
So instead we join with our faithful and true Hosea, His heart of self-sacrificing love, becomes our heart, and we "love not our lives unto the death". We see a Father, who chooses to remain Faithful and True even at the cost of His own life. We join with Rich Mullins insightful lyrics, "The whores all seem to love Him and the drunks propose a toast..."
The only problem with this post is I will be totally and completely unable to convey the height, the width the depth and the breadth of His Faithful Love! I was brought to slobbering tears this morning, as I even contemplated attempting to put words to such an impossibly, lofty reality! An old saint has said, "I cannot reach the stars, but I can point to them."
One last thing to see is the connection God has made between the land and the people. There is a reason why thousands of years later, Jerusalem, "the City of the Great King"(Psalm 48:2) is at the center of controversy. God has chosen a people and secured for them a land. One spot on earth has been chosen for His visible throne to be placed, and so the Usurper, has had his sights set on that piece of property ever since he found out the plan. If you live with an awareness of these truths, lots of things that do not make any sense to the natural mind, become much more clear.
So the reality of the God who is faithful and true, the reality of sacrificial love, the reality that no human is any better than any other human, is the reason a post-tribulation resurrection and "rapture" is the only view I can support. May God continue to raise up a people who are broken by His love, united by His love, empowered by His love to manifest and demonstrate that He is alive and well, and working from a place of rest to restore, heal and forgive.