THE CROSS BEFORE THE CROWN

  •  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Matt 10:38

Christianity as perceived by some is the stuff of “crowns”; a theology identified by popular labels such as prosperity, abundance and security. This is a form of Christianity which supposedly guarantees immunity from suffering and is akin to a “talisman” that  prevents danger. Read more

I WAS GOMER

THE PROPHET WHO MARRIED A PROSTITUTE

When a person reads the Prophet Hosea for the very first time, he is appalled by the fact that God could ask a prophet to marry a prostitute. However, what should really be shocking is not the fact that the prophet was asked to marry a prostitute, but to see ourselves in the place of the prostitute; Hosea viewed by any other lens other than viewing ourselves as “Gomer the prostitute” is making a mockery of the Word of God.

Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.

There is a constant juxtapositioning  of characters in Hosea, God as the prophet, Gomer as Israel, especially in chapters 1 to through 3, and one must see this to understand the narrative. Hosea – chapters 1 through 3 – gives us a glimpse of the life of the prophet who married a prostitute, it would be catracts of some kind to miss seeing the prophet representing God, and the prostitute, Israel.  Chapters 4 to 14 picks the lead from the life of the Prophet Hosea and transitions in to the relationship between God and Israel. Read more