The tangled love story of Hosea and Gomer is an unforgettable picture of God’s covenant love for His people. We sometimes shy away from the book of Hosea because it can be confusing, but if you want to see Jesus in the Old Testament, it’s a must-read.
Sounds absurd, I know, but it is has a beautiful purpose.
So, the preacher obeyed and gave the fallen lady his name. They set up housekeeping and had a family. The names of the children were pretty significant; God Scatters, No Mercy, and Not My People. Before long, she lived up to her reputation and continued her love affair with the world. Despite his patient pleas, her bitter betrayal took her far from home and she refused to return.
He adored her, but still she abandoned him.
A broken vow – a broken heart – a broken life.
When we turn our back on God, He doesn’t wait for us to come back. He pursues us. Hosea’s beautiful words still talk to the church today about our unfaithfulness and His extravagant forgiveness, Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear. He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3
Later, the Lord spoke to him again and told him to take back the wife he couldn’t stop loving. He found her battered by life, chained in a slave auction. The broken-hearted one purchased her for silver and barley.
He paid a price for his bride.
The story portrays God’s beautiful desire for us and the great blood-price He paid to make us His own. No matter how unfaithful you’ve been you will find redeeming arms to hold you close.
If you want to read a good love story, pick up your Bible. Only fourteen chapters tells you about them . . . and you. . . and me.
How has God been faithful to you even when you have been unfaithful to Him?