So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine. (Hosea 3:2 NLT)
The story of Hosea in the Bible is a very powerful illustration of the mercy of God. He asks this prophet, Hosea, to buy back his wife who has gone into prostitution as a symbol of God’s love for us, who have strayed from His grace.
What hit me this morning, is that God asks Hosea to buy her back. In this culture, he could have just went and taken her back. It was his right. But instead he pays good money to buy this prostitute, his wife. He was willing to use his own money to purchase back his unfaithful wife.
Why did God ask Hosea to buy his wife back?
1) To show us that it cost God something to offer forgiveness to us. Ultimately His son.
2) To show us that following God may cost us something. Particularly, our reputation, our finances, and certainly our pride.
In light of God’s sacrifice for us, I am challenged today, to be more willing than I have been, to sacrifice my own reputation, my finances and my pride to follow Christ.