The love story of Gomer and Hosea is one of the more interesting love triangles we will come across in our journey this year. What we learn is many times God asks us to do things we don’t understand or we find ourselves in situations where the future is uncertain.
For Hosea he loves a dear girl named Gomer. Their marriage is on the rocks and she continues to turn to prostitution.
Hosea loves her.
Hosea goes after her.
Even with all the drama. They even had three kids together and Hosea has no assurance the last two are even his.
Still he loves her…
Hosea’s journey is a visual picture of what Israel was doing to God. Israel was prostituting themselves. They were committing spiritual adultery.
Still God loved them…
3:1Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.”
When Hosea pursued his wife it even meant purchasing her from her slave owner. He had to buy his own wife back from her pimp.
3:2 So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine.
This would make an interesting plot to a movie, but we can’t separate it from its application. This is how we treat God. Many times we are no different than Gomer.
But there is hope. The same way Hosea accepts Gomer back over and over again is the same way God receives us back.
The key word in today’s passage is “return”. Verse 5 says, “But afterward the people will return and devote themselves to the Lord their God…”.
We can own that future.
The word return is used 22 times in the book of Hosea. When he wrote those words he could have meant many different things. But I can just picture him reflecting on Gomer’s return home. Just as Hosea allowed Gomer to return home, God does just the same for us.
When we return to God He will turn and bless. True for Israel – True for us.
My prayer is that we would know the areas of our lives where we are not HOME.
Because today our Father waits for our return with His arms wide open.
Still He loves you…
-Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Isaiah-Malachi, (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook Publishing, 2001).