Then the Lord said to me, “Go again; show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.”
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and five bushels of barley. I said to her, “You are to live with me many days. You must not be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will act the same way toward you.”
For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or household idols. Afterward, the people of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come with awe to the Lord and to his goodness in the last days.
At the end of Hosea 2, God speaks a word of restoration over the children of Hosea and Gomer (and therefore Israel, as well). Jezreel (means “God sows”) will again see a harvest of grain, new wine, and fresh oil. God says He will again show compassion on Lo-ruhamah (means “no compassion”). To Lo-ammi (means “not my people”) He says that they will be His people again. Chapter 3 turns to the restoration of Gomer.
The restoration of Gomer shows how much Yahweh loved the Israelites in spite of their idolatry. God tells Hosea to show love to the wife that had left him for other men. Hosea goes to the slave market and buys Gomer from whoever had put her into slavery. This would have been very humilitating for Hosea to buy out of slavery the woman who had been his wife but had refused to stay with him. Based on the laws against a divorced man remarrying his ex-wife after she had married another man, the case could be made that God was asking Hosea to break His own law. This act, though, was a demonstration of who much God loved the Israelites and wanted to be reunited with them.
The same can be said about God’s love for all humanity. Like Gomer, we have been sold into slavery by Satan. God paid the ransome price through Jesus to break us free from this bondage and has invited us back into His household to live with Him forever. This is how important it is for God to be back in relationship with us. What He asks of us is that we live into the full reality of being restored to Him and find our true identity in Him.
- What does it mean to you to know that God has an undying love for you even when you have not been faithful to Him?