I was going to post earlier, but was a little lazy. I’m not going to claim that I know this very well, but here we go!
Apparently we stopped with the everyone-shares-favorite-passage thing, because we’re skipping a lot of Mondays (every other Monday, and the ones after the previous meeting were three-day weekend and break). And apparently we were supposed to watch Linsanity, but someone forgot to bring the DVD, and another someone forgot to bring the projector. Therefore pastor improv, which probably wasn’t too hard for him.
He started, “So most of you grew up in church [me: heh]. Did you know God asked someone to marry a prostitute?” Most people: yeah. Me: no. This guy was named Hosea.
Well, first finding the book of Hosea. I didn’t know how to spell his name…and then we got to the topic of books in general. The people who put together the Bible decided to leave some books out to make Jesus look better. They left out a book about his earlier life, which included stories like turning someone into a fish or something because he doubted his son-of-god-ness. Politics much?
So God decided that Israel was being bad and unfaithful and worshiping the wrong god and stuff, so he decided to use Hosea (who was not bad nor unfaithful) as a metaphor. Hosea married a prostitute, who was unfaithful, so he punished her by not letting her go to dances. When she came back and was faithful, he decided to love her.
“So what would you do if God told you to marry a prostitute?” Hm. Well, not gonna lie, I hope He doesn’t. And we view marriage a little differently now right?
(This one he asked me)”If we fast forward like twenty years, and your sister’s married, but her husband cheated on her, would you let her get back together with him?” I said something like, “Yes, if he’s like actually sorry.” Realistically, first reaction hell no. But then I guess it’s not too much my business, and I can only give advice. And also how can you explain everything that goes on between spouses?
As it turns out, it’s another metaphor. So even though God knows Israel is unfaithful and everything, he still loves them, because it’s a sort of unconditional love. And even though it seems like He doesn’t love them anymore, He does it so because He loves Israel so they can be good again. I think it’s comforting, this idea of unconditional love. And powerful, since a lot of what we do is very conditional.
Even if you don’t care about God’s love for everyone, those are still pretty good questions. What would you do?