One of those church signs photographed and shared online, asks: “Will you give God your fish sandwich?” Cute. Still, there is a character limit to letter boards in more than one sense and perhaps this is why the question posed to passer-byers fails to convey what is at stake in the sixth chapter of John’s gospel.
It may not strike you as at all troubling; or, as so deeply troubling, that you’re wondering why I don’t just let fly under the radar. I’m talking about Hosea’s metaphor. Hosea likens the relationship between God and God’s people to the relationship that he has with his wife. Gomer cheats. Hosea cannot help but love and forgive her. Similarly, we have been less than faithful. God cannot give us up.