praying through hosea 2

my confession:

5Their mother has been unfaithful
and has conceived them in disgrace.
She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
who give me my food and my water,
my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’
6 Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes;
I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. 
7 She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
she will look for them but not find them.
Then she will say,
‘I will go back to my husband as at first,
for then I was better off than now.’
8 She has not acknowledged that I was the one 
   who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, 
who lavished on her the silver and gold— 
   which they used for Baal.

my request and thanksgiving:

16 “In that day,” declares the LORD,
“you will call me ‘my husband’; 
   you will no longer call me ‘my master.’ 
17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;
no longer will their names be invoked.
18 In that day I will make a covenant for them
with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
and the creatures that move along the ground.
Bow and sword and battle
I will abolish from the land,
so that all may lie down in safety.
19 I will betroth you to me forever;
I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
in love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in faithfulness,
and you will acknowledge the LORD.

 

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3 thoughts on “praying through hosea 2

  1. wolff says:

    That’s an interesting passage to quote. Especially without any context. You gonna enter the nunnery?

  2. Jenn says:

    HAHAHA a nunnery doesn’t sound like a bad idea sometimes, until I remember the whole celibacy thing… [awkward walrus]

    The context of this passage is…hard to explain concisely since I’ve nommed my way through its entirety several times in my life. Basically Hosea is a prophet (which I totally just spelled wrong at first) and God tells him to marry a prostitute to live out a metaphor for the spiritual life of the nation of Israel, which essentially consists of idolatry-God’s wrath-repentance-reconciliation-collective Alzheimer’s-idolatry-God’s wrath-etc.-wash-rinse-repeat.

    Without going into gory details, it’s a fairly good metaphor for my spiritual/emotional life too. I also kind of want to read from it at my wedding, but I’m not sure how well a story with a ho might be received… 😛

  3. ragamuffin86 says:

    I love these passages in Hosea. And yeah, reading it at a wedding might be a little awkward since it’s based on marrying a prostitute…

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