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The Cost of Love

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The cost of God’s love for us is seen through he sacrifices for us. Understanding his sacrifice is a window into knowing what he thinks about us.

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Introduction

The older I get the more I love my parents. Not just because they are better people as they get older as if they are trying to get into heaven.

I love them more because I understand them better now then I did years ago.

I live a little longer, I get a little slower, I go to bed a little earlier, and the older I get the more I understand what they thought of and think of me.
I call and apologize because I just didn't understand.
b) Where there is a lack of understanding there is a lack of appreciation.
My parents love for me has not changed, so it is not how much they love me that has developed this new revelation, but it is my understanding of their love.
I appreciate my parents more not because they do more but because I understand better.
I meet people and I use to ask why people struggled with
c) I have my own kids now and it causes me to look back on my own life and understand what in a new way what they sacrificed and gave towards me.
When I did not understand I did not appreciate nor did I obey. My understanding is critical to my appreciation
The greater my understanding of their Love for me, the greater my love grows for them.
A misunderstanding of God’s sacrifice will result in a misunderstanding of God’s Love. A misunderstanding of God’s Love will lead to a misplacement of our Love.

The Pattern

We often misplace our Love because we dont understand his Love
2 Ways we Understand God’s Love
We must understand what we deserve
Hosea chapter 1 & 2
If you do not know how much of a sinner you are, you will not know how much of a savior you need
We must understand what he did
Hosea chapter 3
Have you ever wondered why you have a hard time obeying God?
Have you ever said to yourself. I know I Love God yet I struggle deepply to do what he has called me to do?
The reality is that we often follow what we love even over what we believe.
This is why the greatest commandment is
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
It is your love for God that fuels your obedience, desire, and pursuit of God. Yet if you dont understand God’s Love.

Context

Hosea is an Old Testament Prophet who prophesied during the later half of eith century B.C. right before the Northern Kingdom went into exile.
He is called to do a difficult thing to communicate to God’s chosen people about thier unfaithfulness to God despite his his response of faithfulness. He tells them that they are going to be struck down and sent into exile but will be redeemd later as prohesied by Moses.
The Challenge with what God calls Hosea to do is that he actually calls Hosea not to tell the people what God’s Love looks like, he actually calls him to show the people what it looks like.
In Chapter 1 God tells Hosea to Marry a promiscous woman, have children with her.
She had her first son by Hosea, had two more children by other men.
God calls his children
Talks about how they will be punished in chapter 2
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Now after all that God decides to show you Love to the people again and here we will find what it means for God to Love us.

Hosea Redeems His Wife

3 And the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. 3 And I said to her, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” 4 For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.

Hosea 3:1–5 NIV
1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. 3 Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.” 4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

1) The Pattern

God’s Love is faithful
Hosea 3:1 NIV
1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

2) The Proof

A) Love her again

God says to have a continous posture of love for her over time.
A Still Love
God is faithful to us
His love has nothing to do with our love towards him
Faithfulness is maintaining consistent commitment despite inconsistent circumstances.
Do something in faith even though the circumstances are inconsistent
If you work at your job and you are not sure if you will get paid but you keep coming even when you dot’ get paid.
Gomer forfeits her yet God remains faithful

B) Idolatry

a) Idolatry was a huge issue for the children of Israel over the course of the old testament

2) The Proof

b) Idols are anything that we are committed to worship more then God are undeserving of worship
God is less concerned with the objects of your affection, while being more concerned with the placement of your affection
c) The problem with Gomer was that she was an unfaithful wife
It is not that God does not want you to not love anything else it is that you are not to love and anything over him.
c) The problem with Gomer was that she was an unfaithful wife
Worship is to speak of the worth of a thing
Gomer found a lover that she attributed greater worth to then her husband.
c) The problem with Gomer was that she was an unfaithful wife
c) The problem with Gomer was that she was an unfaithful wife
d) Paul says that idols can result in our sin or be our sin
Hosea 3:1 NIV
1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
The people turn from God to other things.
2) The Proof
Your affection shares worth. Worship is not at Church, it is all of life.
Romans 12:1 NIV
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Rasin cakes are known as wine cakes were a part of another diety that was related to fertility and what we would consider desires of the flesh.
These raise cakes were sweet to the taste.
See idolatry is about you and how it makes you feel.
See the problem that we have is not just with our desire but with our taste.
Sin taste good
It’s not temptation unless you enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy your sin you are not doing it right.
We are consumed with taste while neglecting its impact on us.
Job 20:12–14 NIV
12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue, 13 though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth, 14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
Job
Zophar is speaking to Job of the dangers of evil
He says that it taste good going in but turns to poison
I never get full on healthy food because I dont eat for nurishment I eat for taste
We have to be careful of the sin in our lives because of the taste. We don’t know what it will do to us
We can choose our sins but we can not choose our consequences.
I wish food would not just show us the ingredients but the affects
The problem with taste is that it is temporary
You don’t eat desert because you are hungry. that is why you keep taking bites
We were given taste buds to protect us
Strawberry vs Chocolate
artificial sweetner
see sin may appear to be sweeter but it is not better
sin will always make promises that it can not fulfill.
idols will always create false hope
2 Timothy 2:13 NIV
if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
Faithfulness does not contradict it’s words with it’s conduct

2) The Proof

2) The Proof

God’s Love is Sacrificial
Hosea 3:2 NIV
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.
The receipt is the evidence that a price was paid and a sacrifice was made.
Sacrifice is the proof of desire.
God says to go love her
Hosea bought her
30 Shekels of Silver
Barley
is the exact cost for the sale of a slave in that culture
She was sold based on the way she was seen yet bought as a wife
He bought what already belonged to him
Michael Jordan buying Jordan
Sacrificed all he had
silver and barley
He gives all that he has to have what he had
Cost is what it took to make it,
price is what the seller thinks it’s worth,
value is what is sacrificed to have
“God does not love us because we are valuable, but we are valuable because He loves us” - Fulton Sheen
Valued Her
Valued Her
1 John 4:9–10 NIV
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
God gave his all for those that had nothing so that those that had nothing could have his all.
Romans 5:6–8 NIV
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The Gospel is not a story where the hero dies for the innocent but the hero dies for the guilty
Some people struggle with the communication that she was bought.
God does not buy us for his ownership but frees us for our relationship.
Some people struggle with the communication that she was bought.
Some people struggle with the communication that she was bought.

3) The Purpose

God’s Love is for us and through us
Hosea 3:3–4 NIV
Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.” For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods.
Some stuff will have to be put to rest because God wants you to be restored and for your relationship to be restored.
Where you do not allow rest, God will not provide restoration
Taste Buds are regenerated every 10 days.
Have you ever ate sweets or drank sodas and then went cold turkey for a few weeks and then tried going back to a soda. Soda seems strong. No you just have new taste buds and they are not numb yet to the artificial sweetness of the soda so your taste buds send communication saying bro, what is this stop it please now.
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God has to bring our idolatry to rest, so that we can renew our mind and appreciate God’s love for us
Restoration often requires Discipline
The difference between punishment and discipline is intention.
Punishment is necessary at times but Discipline is for your benefit.
Everything Painful is not punishment
2 Corinthians 5:17–19 NIV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
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