Max Lucado 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope: May 29, 2016

“I, God, love the Israelite people, even as they flirt and party with every god that takes their fancy” (Hosea 3:1 The Message).  This is the love described in John 3:16.  Hasaq is replaced with the Greek term agape, but the meaning is equally powerful.  “God so [agapao] the world….”

Agape love.  Less an affection, more a decision; less a feeling, more an action.  As one linguist describes, “[Agape love is] an exercise of Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself.”  Stated more simply: junkyard wrecks and showroom models share equal space in God’s garage.

Max Lucado

Max Lucado 3:16 – The Numbers of Hope: May 27, 2016

Consider..the stubborn love of Hosea for Gomer.  Contrary to the name, Gomer was female, an irascible woman married to a remarkable Hosea.  She had the fidelity code of a prairie jack rabbit, flirting and hopping from one lover to another.  She ruined her life and shattered Hosea’s heart.  Destitute, she was placed for sale in a slave market.  Guess who stepped forward to buy her?  Hosea, who’d never removed his wedding band.  The way he treated her you’d have thought she’d never loved another man.  God uses this story, indeed orchestrated this drama, to illustrate his steadfast love for his fickle people.

Max Lucado