Hosea 3

Vs. 1 “The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”  Lost in this narrative is the raw emotion that must have been going on in Hosea’s heart.  Sure, Hosea had a right to divorce and leave Gomer.  Though, Jesus mentioned divorce was permissible due to unfaithfulness only because of our own hardened hearts (Mark 10:5).  Hosea goes to find Gomer and it’s interesting because it looks like she was owned by another man.  This man might have sold her to other men for a profit.  At first, Gomer might have enjoyed this lifestyle free from a husband and her children.  However even listen to present day prostitutes and they live a very sad life of regret.  This is an amazing picture of love and grace Hosea would extend to his estranged wife.  Also, don’t forget about the imagery of the LORD’s love for His people!

Regarding application…Bought at a Price.  Vs. 2, “So I bought her for fifteen shekelsof silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.”  Hosea bought Gomer from a life of prostitution and in many ways a life of slavery.  She was a slave to sin and the price Hosea bought her at would have been close to that of a female slave.  This of course brings a reminder that we too were bought at a price (I Cor. 6:20).  Gomer was bought and turned back to her husband with love.  We too are bought and have an opportunity to turn back to Jesus.  Paul later tell us not to live as slaves of men (I Cor. 7:23).  Since we were paid and bought with such a high price, it’s time to take our faith and put it into action!  Turn to Jesus today!