The Prophet Hosea is a living example. In Hosea 1, God says to Hosea, “ Go marry a prostitute and have children with her, because the land (Israel/God’s people) is prostituting itself by departing from the Lord.” Hosea marries Gomer and she bears 3 children. But then, she leaves him to go back into prostitution and previous lovers! This is described vividly in Hosea 2.
Then in Hosea 3, “Then the Lord told me: “Go love your wife again, even though she is being loved by another and is committing adultery. Love her the same way the Lord loves the people of Israel, even though they look to other gods and love raisin cakes (used in pagan worship).” So I bought her back for myself for fifteen pieces of silver and one and a half omers of barley. I told her, “You will remain with me a long time, you won’t be promiscuous, you won’t be involved with any man, and I’ll do the same.” This was to learn and prove faithfulness.
Creator Father was working through the real life and words of Hosea the prophet to try to bring His people Israel into repentance….to bring them back into relationship….to pull them away from their adulterous worldliness and idols. God grieved as a husband grieves for his prostituting wife. His love and grace bought her back even when she did not deserve it. He was trying to rescue her from real destruction and death…the consequences of sin. Doesn’t this sound similar to the Parable of the Prodigal Son?
Read the book of Hosea and you will begin to hear true prophesy and be discerning of the “everything is OK…. do what you will” voice of the false prophet.
We are the bride of Christ….what kind of bride are we?