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    Author: Dr. Scott Solberg

    Category: The Pulse - 2017.08 Issue 8

    Easter Sermon Series: Hosea: God’s Persistent Love, March 5 – April 16

    Paul prays in Ephesians 3 that we would “comprehend and know the love of Christ.” Do you comprehend the depth of God’s love for you? Paul prays that we would comprehend…the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love for us.

    Hosea is an Old Testament prophet who gives great insight into the depth of God’s love for us. In Hosea, this insight into God’s love for us does not come by way of definition. Rather, it is a love that is illustrated for us. In Hosea, God’s love for us is illustrated through Hosea’s love for his unfaithful wife, Gomer.

    Hosea’s love for his unfaithful wife is a persistent kind of love. In spite of her painful betrayal of his love, he forgave her and remained committed to her. So it is with God’s love for his people. It is persistent. God confesses his love for his wayward people in Hosea 11:8, “How can I give you up O Ephraim...My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.”

    Journey with us this Easter Season into the often neglected Old Testament book of Hosea. You will not only discover afresh the depth of God’s love for you, but you will also learn what it looks like to return God’s love and confront those things in life that often draw us away from God’s love. 

    Of course, this journey will ultimately land us where we need to land on Easter Sunday. On this day, we will celebrate the fulfillment of God’s promise to heal and save his people through the promised Messiah, the crucified and risen Jesus.