July 22: Hosea 2: 19-20 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.The Agape Love of God: Here Israel has sinned against God and rejected their first love. Yet God will never break His covenant of love to Israel even though they have been unfaithful. Three times the Lord says, “I will bethroth thee” – a testimony of His unfailing love as an eternal promise of bethrothment unto the LORD. Hosea 2: 23 I plant her for myself in the land, I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one’. I will say to those called ‘Not my people’ ‘You are My people’ and they will say ‘You are My God.’Charles Spurgeon Faith’s Checkbook:
An Eternal Pledge
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know the Lord. (Hosea 2:19-20)
Betrothment unto the Lord! What an honor and a joy! My soul, is Jesus indeed thine by His own condescending betrothal? Then, mark it is forever. He will never break His engagement, much less sue out a divorce against a soul joined to Himself in marriage bonds.Three times the Lord says, “I will betroth thee.” What words He heaps together to set forth the betrothal! Righteousness comes in to make the covenant legal; none can forbid these lawful bans. Judgment sanctions the alliance with its decree: none can see folly or error in the match. Lovingkindness warrants that this is a love union, for without love betrothal is bondage and not blessedness. Meanwhile, mercy smiles and even sings; yea, she multiplies herself into “mercies” because of the abounding grace of this holy union.Faithfulness is the registrar and records the marriage, and the Holy Spirit says “Amen” to it as He promises to teach the betrothal heart all the sacred knowledge needful for its high destiny, What a promise!
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