his own bitter marital experiences, becomes more clear to Hosea, he records it from the perspective of his later years. Understanding that his own relationship to Gomer parallels the relationship between Yahweh and Israel, he realizes that Yahweh used this lesson to communicate his will and purpose to those who claim to be his people. From this point of view, we can understand Hosea’s statement that Yahweh instructed him to marry an adulterous woman and later directed him to make provisions for her moral restoration.
This other Hebrew word for “love” is more difficult to translate into English. Chesed is a love that cannot be sentimentalized; it has the attributes of strength, steadfastness, loyalty and devotion that stem from a covenant between God and man or between men.
The Spirit works in different ways to heal. Many are healed when they accept Jesus as Savior; others, when they are baptized in water or in the Holy Spirit. Many are healed instantly when prayed for; others, gradually. Some are healed while reading the Bible; others while taking communion, sitting in a church service, praying, or going about their work. As God’s children pray and believe, the Spirit of life pours His life and strength into the one for whom prayer is made.