Repentance, renunciation, and severance of the generational sins will stop the cycle of generational sins being carried forward as well as God’s merciful healing.
“Thoughts of the Past” by John Spencer Stanhope (1859), Tate Museum, PD Art (PD-old-100)
The biblical prophet Hosea lived during a dark period in Israel’s history, around the 8th Century BC. Though prosperous, the Northern Kingdom had turned away from the one true God, instead worshipping idols.
Against this backdrop, God’s puzzling direction to Hosea was that he should marry a prostitute:
“Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry And children of harlotry, For the land has committed great harlotry By departing from the Lord” (Hosea 1: 2).
Hosea’s troubled relationship with his wife, Gomer, becomes a metaphor for God’s relationship with Israel .
Gomer bears Hosea three children, whose names are symbolic of the spiritual deterioration of Israel . But Gomer is repeatedly unfaithful. Hosea even questions the paternity of the younger children.
Despite that, Hosea is commanded by God to love Gomer (Hosea 3: 1). …
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