Mike Leake: What Hosea Tells Us About the Lord’s Supper

Yesterday I was able to preach on one of my favorite passages of Scripture—Hosea 1-3. I continue to be shocked by Hosea 2:14. It’s one of the most shocking verses in the Old Testament.

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.”

Given everything that comes prior to that verse it is an unexpected plot twist. After everything Israel has done to her husband, you’d anticipate rejection. Or perhaps, if you are banking on the Lord being merciful you’d except a bit of mercy. Perhaps he’ll let her grovel back. Maybe he’ll even accept her with open arms when she comes back to him. But that’s best case scenario—that she’ll be like the prodigal son and come back begging to just be a servant but instead she’ll be thrown a party. After all, what bargaining chip does an undesirable whore bring to the table? Mercy is her only hope.

But she doesn’t have to come groveling back. This story goes even further than the story of the Prodigal Son. In that parable the rejected father waits for his son to return home so he can throw him a party. But in Hosea the jilted lover actually goes out into the wilderness and pursues his wayward wife as if she actually is desirable. He allures her. And that’s absolutely shocking.

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