Friday, July 14, 2017

Hosea and Gomer

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Hosea was a young prophet in the northern kingdom of Israel, which had been ruled by a succession of wicked kings. God wanted to show His people how unfaithful they had been but also how much He still loved them. So He asked Hosea to marry Gomer.
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Now Gomer was a very beautiful woman, but God warned Hosea that she would be unfaithful to him and end up living like as prostitute. However, God told Hosea to marry Gomer for it would be a lesson to show how people had become unfaithful to the God who loved them. Hosea married his beautiful bride.
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Gomer gave birth to three children. The eldest boy was called Jezreel (after the location where wicked King Ahab committed many murders and the evil Queen Jezebel died).

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Then they had a girl named Loruhamah, which means ‘not-pitied.’ It meant that God would no longer have pity on His people if they continued their stubborn rebellion.
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Gomer conceived again and bore a third child, another little boy. And this child God named Loammi, ‘not-my-people,’ for God was saying, ‘you are not my people and I will not be your God.’
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Gomer was not a faithful wife to Hosea and went off to live with another man.

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Hosea continued warning people of the judgment to come for God was going to send the Assyrians to make them slaves unless they turned back to Him.
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In the meantime, Gomer was passed on from one man to another.
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Hosea warned people to stop being unfaithful to God by worshipping false gods. He knew that God would need to punish them but there was hope. Israel would one day turn back to the God who loved her. Instead of ‘Not pitied,’ she would be called ‘Pitied’ and instead of ‘Not my people,’ she would be named ‘My people’ again.

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Gomer’s situation went from bad to worse. After going from man to man, she fell into the hands of a man who was unable to pay for her food and her clothing. Hosea heard about the miserable plight of his former wife.
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God told Hosea, ‘Although Gomer is loved by another man and is an adulteress, go and show your love to your wife again, Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods.’ Hosea gave the man Gomer was living with 15 shekels of silver and some barley (the price of a slave) to release his wife.

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Hosea told Gomer, ‘You are to live with me again. You must be a loyal wife and I will take care of you.’
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In the same way if God’s people will humbly return to Him, He will bless them again.

Hosea and Gomer
Hosea redeems his unfaithful wife, paying the price for her freedom.
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