Have you ever heard of, or participated in, the project from grade school that required carrying around an egg for a week? In this experiment, the egg represents a baby, and each students’ job is to keep the egg from cracking. This egg is a symbol used to explain just how hard it is to care for a “real” baby; thus, after the project was over, you were to give a special thanks to your parents for all they’d done in your life. Thinking about this egg experiment, we can see the point of symbolism used in the story of Hosea in the Bible. God asks Hosea to marry an unfaithful woman as a symbol and example to Israel. Hosea had to marry a promiscuous adulteress in order to show just how bad the relationship between Israel and the Lord was.
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