Vs. 8 “She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold—which they used for Baal.” Question: Who is she? Literally, she is referring to Hosea’s wife Gomer. But there is a dual meaning here that the original author intended. She is also referring to the nation Israel. The picture of marriage began with Adam & Eve and it is also a beautiful example of Israel and Yahweh as well as Jesus and the church. But, in this sacred marriage, there was adultery. God’s people were turning to the world, just like Gomer was turning to other men. It’s important to realize that God allowed (even punished) the free choice they had to turn away from Him (vs. 2-13). But take heart dearest brothers and sisters, for God’s loving kindness would shine through (vs. 14-23)
Regarding application…Forgetting God. Vs. 13, “I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot,” declares the LORD.” We are an absent-minded people. Last Sunday was the Super Bowl and it the one time that you look forward to commercials. The premise of commercials and really any type of advertising (internet, radio, billboards, etc) is to catch our attention! There’s always something trying to compete for our time. The past few weeks, I kept making a note to myself to pick up more soap when I went to the store. When I would get to the store on the last few visits I would get food, medicine, etc…having totally forgotten my mental note to grab soap. Question: Does that happen to you? Maybe I’m just getting old, but I think we tend to do this with our relationship with God. Certainly we can compare this to a Christian forgetting to do their QT devotions, but I think it can go deeper than this. Forgetting God, is just not making the effort to make Him part of your life. It’s like Jesus is tagging along with you in your daily life and not once do you turn to Him and acknowledge He’s there. Today is an opportunity to break that cycle of forgetting! Just spend time with the Lord today! Let His word and your prayers enrich that relationship He so desires to have with you!