(5 verses, 55 to read)
What I am about to READ
Gomer is bought back
- 1: Hosea is directed by the Lord to love unfaithful and adulteress Gomer and so model the Lord’s love for the children of Israel
- 2-3: Hosea buys her back, perhaps from slavery or another man, and makes her promise faithfulness and then promises the same to her. Gomer is no longer mentioned in the book after these verses.
- 4-5: A promise of both exile for Israel and the goodness in the latter days because of the King to come – our Lord Jesus.
LEARN & MEDITATE
The amount Hosea buys Gomer back for is not very much (vs. 2). Gomer was not worth much to anyone. It is still an amazing act of love for Hosea to pay for his unfaithful bride. Comparatively, our Lord Jesus had to pay a substantial price to redeem us as His unfaithful people – His innocent suffering and death. We are not worth much to the devil and the world, but we are worth much in our Lord’s eyes. A good and faithful spouse loves more than the seductive mistress.
- Vs. 3 emphasizes Hosea’s faithfulness and his proper jealousy and desire for Gomer’s faithfulness to him. The Lord’s jealousy is a wonderful thing. He knows Who and what is best for us. He binds Himself in faithfulness to us in His Word and He keeps His promises.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC