Aging can be detrimental to your health… especially to the health of one’s mind.
I try… I really do. I just can’t seem to bring myself to find the fascination in much of what’s popular today. As lunch begins, we’ll all gather in the breakroom to consume our daily bread… and endure another episode of Jerry Springer. Plead as I might, no other channel is allowed to preempt my co-worker’s mealtime viewing.
“He’s your son!” “No he’s not!” [expletives deleted for entry at my g-rated site] As fist fights and vulgar accusations ensue, Jerry heroically intervenes with the promise of a DNA test to determine who’s who in this zoo. [sheesh!]
It all leaves one wondering, “Where are you Little Joe?” and “Can’t I go back to Mayberry?”
In reality, Springer’s attention grabbing bit isn’t original at all. Had the prophet Hosea known the popularity of stench like this, he could have turned a fast profit by simply televising his own life. Can’t you just see it…
JS: Mr. Hosea, is it true that you’re married to a, well, less than faithful spouse?
Hosea: Yeah… she’s a real ho’
Gomer: Yo mama is!!! I’ll be slapped you upside that prophesying head o’ yours…
JS: Mrs. Gomer, how is it that you find yourself cheating so badly on your husband?
Gomer: Oh Jerry, there must be fifty ways to leave your lover! …you just slip out the back Jack… make a new plan…
Obadiah (in audience): You are one hoochie mama!
JS: Don’t you think your actions have had a negative impact on your children?
Gomer: Negative? Negative? You know what that silly soothsaying husband of mine named our kids?
Okay, now that I’ve gotten myself excommunicated and DE-synagogue’d…
I’m pretty confident my Pastor would prefer I not mention his name here (I may no longer be allowed to mention his name at all), but as he leads us through a study of the Minor Prophets, one can’t help but see the similarities between the human race back then and now. That’s a good thing when it comes to understanding the texts of Scripture. That’s a bad thing when we understand that God’s attitude toward our sinfulness is no different today than it was for Israel during Hosea’s day.
Why was Hosea commanded to marry a prostitute? It was to demonstrate Israel’s playing the harlot in their marriage to their Heavenly Husband, Almighty God.
The sobering part of this story is that the New Testament writers’ applied these texts to the beneficiaries of the New Covenant era. Peter and Paul (not Mary) did so.
We love to lean heavily on the fact that our God is a merciful God. We’re probably much too often guilty of presuming upon His grace. The Bible declares again and again “His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136
Do you think that in our taking for granted this fact, we’re capable of overlooking Scripture’s undeniable message that God’s mercy is conditional? Israel had come to such a state of idolatry and disobedience that God would demonstrate His rejection of them through the names of Hosea’s children…
JS: Would everyone welcome to the stage the children of Hosea and Gomer… Sowing and Scattering, No Mercy, and Not My People!