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Hosea and the Prostitute
Written by Lindy Erin   
Friday, 14 September 2007
Derek Webb and Francine Rivers
Two people I would highly recommend checking out their music and books.

I was recently able to go to a Derek Webb concert where he continues to challenge the way I look at my faith, and the way my faith should interplay with social justice issues around me.
(click here to listen to some music)rich young ruler is my fav. song

"The church"
i have come with one purpose
to capture for myself a bride
by my life she is lovely
by my death she's justified

i have always been her husband
though many lovers she has known
so with water i will wash her
and by my word alone

so when you hear the sound of the water
you will know you're not alone

(chorus)
cause i haven't come for only you
but for my people to pursue
you cannot care for me with no regard for her
if you love me you will love the church

i have long pursued her
as a harlot and a whore
but she will feast upon me
she will drink and thirst no more

I found these lyrics online just as I had also finished a moving book by Francine Rivers called "Redeeming Love"
As I stayed up till 3 am many nights in a row trying to get through her book, I was convicted about the power behind the story of Gomer and Hosea. He took a prostitute wife, to show Israel how they had prostituted themselves before the Lord. I continue to do the same thing. I find other things that take priority. I was struck by not only God's pain when we choose other god's but how much he desires to be in relationship despite the pain we've caused him. It's overwhelming, and peacegiving all at the same time.

Wedding Dress- Derek Webb
If you could love me as a wife
and for my wedding gift, your life
Should that be all I'd ever need
or is there more I'm looking for

and should I read between the lines
and look for blessings in disguise
To make me handsome, rich, and wise
Is that really what you want

I am a whore I do confess
But I put you on just like a wedding dress
and I run down the aisle
and I run down the aisle
I?m a prodigal with no way home
but I put you on just like a ring of gold
and I run down the aisle to you

So could you love this bastard child
Though I don't trust you to provide
With one hand in a pot of gold
and with the other in your side

I am so easily satisfied
by the call of lovers so less wild
That I would take a little cash
Over your very flesh and blood

Because money cannot buy
a husband's jealous eye
When you have knowingly deceived his wife

Lord, remind us of our committment to you, forgive us when we make other things more important, and show us Lord where we are prostituting ourselves to other god's. Amen.

Original at: http://lindyerin.blogspot.com/2007/09/hosea-and-prostitute.html.
 
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