Hosea has been a difficult book for many believers. Why would God ask a prophet to
marry a prostitute? Surely Hosea knew that chances of her faithfulness were small
indeed. Scholars say the Hosea-Gomer story is a parable of God and Israel. Remember
the old rhyme? "How odd of God to choose the Jews?" That dancing around the golden
calf in the wilderness was only a prelude to the unfaithfulness God's people exhibited
again and again. Yet God did not give up on God's beloved, despite their wayward ways.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.