The Prophet Hosea: God's Alternative to Divorce for the Reason of Infidelity
- Volume 7
- Summer 1979
- The Prophet Hosea: God's Alternative to Divorce for the Reason of Infidelity
Christian divorce counseling requires a biblical perspective - an underlying knowledge of all that the Scriptures bring to bear on the subject. Basically, Jesus taught in answer to questions relating to the Mosaic Law, but He is not recorded as counseling a specific case of divorce (as in the instance of dealing with the woman taken in adultery). In 12 Corinthians 7, Paul responds to specific questions concerning specific cases. God's response to unfaithful Israel, His wife, is depicted in His directions to Hosea in view of Hosea's wife's infidelity. What really occurred is controverted. The thesis defended here is that God did not direct Hosea to divorce Gomer. Divorce is not the only or preferred solution to marital crisis involving infidelity. A counseling model is established, overlaid with the powerful reinforcement of God's own action.
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