The God that people worship in the modern American church is often thought of as a God of pure grace and love, and although this is a true statement, it is not dynamic enough. He is not nebulous and without form, but instead, has feelings and emotions that are justified, rationale and intense. He feels strongly about everything and is a good communicator to those who pay attention. In Hosea, we find God communicating again how he feels. It is significant because the example given is meant to be visceral rather than sterile. He isn’t angry because a law was broken. He is angry because his feelings are rightfully hurt by someone he loves. Many Christian’s don’t have a theology that is large enough to encompass this possibility in God’s character. However, the Bible refers to him as a jealous God for a reason. We must consider that when we are sinning, it is more than simply, “breaking the rules.” Hosea shows us that God takes our sin very personally. If more Christians factored in how badly it would hurt or please God when they acted, perhaps they would have a better and more fulfilling relationship with him in general.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts