THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

During my lowest phase, as I wandered, destitute and ragged, it was the passionate and the relentless pursuit of the hound of heaven that forever changed my life. He followed me, surely, goodness and mercy followed me!

THE HOUND OF HEAVEN, FRANCIS THOMPSON

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after. Read more

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. To not see this is to misunderstand the narrative. Hosea – chapters 1 through 3 – gives us a glimpse of the life of the prophet who marries a prostitute, chapters 4 to 14 picks the lead from the life of the Prophet Hosea and transitions in to the relationship between God and Israel; it would be catracts of some kind to miss seeing the prophet representing God, and the prostitute, Israel while pondering on the book of Hosea.   Read more