When you look at this word what is the first definition that comes to mind? Marriage is hopefully the answer. Do we as the bride of Christ really know what it means to be married to the Lord? Do we really know how passionate his love is.

Song of Solomon 8:6-8 “Love if Fire, Jealousy enduring to the grave, that no water can quench, and no river can drowned out.

We will always be growing in the revelation of the love of Christ, but the glimpses we get are remarkable.

In Hosea he is called to marry a prostitute; which he obeys and buys her to be his own. It is a beautiful picture of Israel (us) and the Bridegroom (Christ). You can see how hard it would be to see the beauty of someone who has slept with several other lovers. Then you have to buy her to be yours. It isn’t the typical romantic love movie you find in movies.

Hosea declares he will hedge her in with thorns all around, she will try to find other lovers but will not find them, then she will try to overtake other lovers, but she will not overtake them, then she will return to him for better off with him is she then now (Hosea 2:6-7). Stunning really his relentless love for his Bride.

She ends up being unfaithful, but the best part is what he says before it happens. 19 I will betroth you to me forever;
   I will betroth you in[e] righteousness and justice,
   in[f] love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in[g] faithfulness,
   and you will acknowledge the LORD.

By his faithfulness she will know her husband, and will be overcome by only his faithfulness. Like Hosea’s Bride the Lord Betroth’s us by his faithfulness, and every time he’s faithful we know him more and more. From glory to glory.