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Undying Love— The Story of Hosea and Gomer The early days of their marriage were beautiful as their love began to blossom. And God. The Book of Hosea starts with a controversial marriage to a promiscuous After getting married to Gomer, Hosea has a son whom he names Jezreel after the. Hosea's marriage is symbolic of God's covenant relationship with Israel. Hosea's wife, Gomer, leaves him for another—just like Israel has left God to worship.
Should I not have the same mercy on them? Israel is my beloved possession, yet you told me to replace them with another nation? The Stone Chumash has this to say: The message ends with the stirring promise that God will take Israel to Himself in love, righteousness and faith—for all time. After warning in Hosea 1: After threatening in 2: The harsh indictment in 7: These prophecies and their striking contrasts are proof that even when God is angry with Israel, His love for her still overshadows everything.
She is no longer my wife and I am not her husband! She did not stop being his wife because he said such things in the heat of the moment. Even when the Lord is provoked by Israel, His love for her is without limit, and, the sages say, if His affection for His people is such when He is angry with them, how boundless and beautiful it will be at the end of days when true harmony exists between them.
Although God has accused Israel of infidelity and made a case for her punishment in the most graphic of terms, He has also made it clear that, in the end, she will be restored. He will welcome her back as the wife of His youth: Both dew and rain are considered great divine blessings, but of the two, the dew is considered the greater. The rain, although necessary and a boon to the land, is not constant.
At times there are droughts, or at worst, the rain comes accompanied by thunder, lightening, and floods, causing more damage than blessing. The dew, however, is constant, consistent, and dependable. Every morning it is there. Further, the rabbis tell us, the rain is dependent on human behavior.
Many times in Scripture the rains were withheld because of disobedience, and the amount of rain received was commensurate with the behavior of the people. The Talmud points out that when the shepherds of Lot and Abraham fought over pasture land, the men decided to separate. Lot chose the easy way, the well-watered plains of the Jordan River; Abraham chose Canaan, a land dependent on rainfall, forever linking the people to the Lord in a land whose sustenance depended on obedience.
Dew, however, is not dependent on behavior. It is always there, a constant and gentle blessing from the Lord. Even Elijah, when declaring a drought on the land because of the immoral behavior of the people, was able to stop the rain, but not the dew. The hillsides of the Judean wilderness can be stark and barren for years on end until the plentiful rains come.
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Overnight, those same hillsides come alive with the vibrant color of the lily whose roots have lain dormant, seemingly dead, waiting for the rain. God will again draw Israel to repentance with cords of tender love Hosea But her repentance would be short-lived and soon she would be off again with another new lover. Then the final blow fell.
He loved her deeply and grieved for her as though she had been taken in death. His heart ached that she should choose a life that would surely bring her to ruin. He longed for her to come home. We cannot escape the message of his undying love. Hosea wanted to see Gomer restored to his side as his faithful wife. And he believed that God was great enough to do it. One day word came by way of the grapevine gossips that Gomer had been deserted by her lover. She had sold herself into slavery and had hit bottom.
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This was the last straw. Certainly now Hosea would forget her. And then God spoke to him: Gomer was still beloved of Hosea even though she was an adulteress, and God wanted him to seek her out and prove his love to her.
How could anyone love that deeply? And one who has experienced His loving forgiveness cannot help but love and forgive others. Christian husbands are commanded to love their wives as Christ loved the Church Eph. So he began his search, driven by that indestructible divine love, love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love that never ends. And he found her, ragged, torn, sick, dirty, disheveled, destitute, chained to an auction block in a filthy slave market, a repulsive shadow of the woman she once was.
We wonder how anyone could love her now. But Hosea bought her from her slavery for fifteen shekels of silver and thirteen bushels of barley Hos. He actually paid for her, brought her home, and eventually restored her to her position as his wife. How many times should a husband or wife forgive?
Listen to the response of the Lord Jesus. You see, Peter had asked the Lord this same question: Up to seven times? That is a great deal of forgiveness. In fact, Christ was simply saying in a captivating way that there is no end to forgiveness. But we harbor it, let it eat at us, and build up bitterness and resentment which erodes our relationship.
We stew on it and fret over it, and we keep bringing it up in a subconscious attempt to punish our mates for the hurts we have suffered. Big wounds sometimes take longer to heal.
They will come back to our minds. There is no way to avoid it. But every time they do, we must first remind ourselves that we really did forgive, then rehearse how much God has forgiven us, then ask Him to take the destructive, unforgiving thoughts out of our minds. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean that we must suffer in silence. The need for open and honest communication would demand that we share what we think and how we feel, what the wrong has done to us, and how our mates can help us get over it.
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God tells us how much our sin grieves Him. What we say must be said lovingly and kindly, but we have both the need and the obligation to share what is on our hearts.
He would also tell me, as I would be weeping thinking he MUST be only seeing "the affair" when he looked at me, that I was wrong. He didn't look at me and see the affair and feel the hurt I had caused him.
He would reassure me and tell me that he loved me and that was that.
That's how I see him, by the way. In the Bible, God called this man named Hosea to do something that most people believe is absurd. Hosea is one of those books that some people "throw out", like Jonah, because it's just too hard to "swallow". My view of the Bible is that, aside from the parables Jesus told, if the Bible says something happened, it happened.
Yes, I really believe Jonah was swallowed by a large fish and spent days inside of the animal's acidic stomach, before he finally obeyed and went to Nineveh. So, I believe that there really was a man named Hosea, whom God called to do something that the majority of people would shy away from.
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Was he like "Sure God! That sounds like a great idea! Why didn't I think of that? You want me to do what? We just know that the following happened: He just did it?
He just went out into the streets, found a woman that he knew would be unfaithful, and then he "put a ring on it"? He was obedient to God. How else could he have done this crazy thing God had asked him to do?
He married a woman that would be unfaithful, and as you read Hosea, you find that it was not a one time event either. Don't even get me started on these poor children and the names God gave them, because of their mother's sin, and ultimately Israel's sin. Because that was the point God was trying to make. It doesn't matter how many times you screw up. It doesn't matter how many times you stray and you are unfaithful to me.
I will NOT be unfaithful to you. I love you and nothing you do can ever change that.
I find Hosea 2 both confusing and redemptive. No matter what we go through, no matter how we hurt him, there will always be a chance to be restored. And if God is willing to do that for us, then shouldn't we also, in an effort to be more like God, respond the same way to our spouses who have been unfaithful? And I'm talking unfaithful on many levels, through addiction, emotional adultery, physical adultery, etc Listen to how God talked to His people through Hosea 2: Let her remove the adulterous look from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.