Have you ever been hurt by someone closest to you? Many of us know how it feels to have our hearts broken by someone we’ve trusted. That emotional hurt can come in forms of rejection, deception, and even abandonment that can leave us feeling like a train-wreck. Can you believe that God feels those pains too?God knows exactly how it feels to put His heart out in the open and have it abused, stepped on, and taken advantage of… yet He still cares. As we look through the life of Hosea, we can see that God is a Good Good Father who loves us despite our past and brokenness.
To illustrate God’s perspective of the people of Israel, He uses Hosea’s life:
“Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the LORD and worshiping other gods.” Hosea 1:2
God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute, Gomer, someone who is known to be unfaithful, to create a parallel between God’s relationship with Israel. Israel in the bible was a Jewish nation that had a long rap-sheet of unfaithfulness to God. They continually give themselves up to false idols and willingly disobeyed the commandments of The Lord.
“’I will punish her for all those times, when she burned incense to her images of Baal, when she put on her earrings and jewels, and went out to look for her lovers, but forgot all about me’, says the Lord.” Hosea 2:13
You see, the Lord knows how it feels to be broken hearted, to feel cheated after giving your all. The “Baal” the Israelites worshipped was a term that usually referred to the many false idols Israel’s hearts turned to despite the faithfulness of God. But in spite of God’s anger towards them, He responds by using Hosea’s life:
“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.’” Hosea 3:1
Wow! What an amazing response! Even though Hosea’s wife Gomer continues to leave her husband and children for other men, God still finds value in her. In obedience to God, Hosea buys his own wife from the man she was with and brings her home. Instead of giving up on His people, God seeks to redeem His people by buying them back from their sin, hence the title of this section: “Hosea Redeems His Wife.”
Hosea story is a clever analogy inspired by God, to demonstrate the relationship between God and the people of Israel. Israel, like Gomer, abandoned a Godly relationship to live in sin. But God, in his overwhelming love and mercy sought to redeem them from sin and bring back into His presence.
Just like the Israelites, God wants to bring us out of our afflictions, and despite our brokenness, sent His only Son to die for us so that we can live in an everlasting relationship with Him.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16