Hosea 3:1 (New Living Translation)
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.”
Often when the Book of Hosea is studied, most of the attention goes to the woes of the prophet. But the highlight of the book is the depth of the love the LORD has for His people.
Most Bible students are aware that God instructed the prophet to go marry a woman who was a prostitute. The King James is very blunt in its description, calling her a whore. This strong language only amplified God’s love. There was nothing of noble character about the woman named Gomer.
But to make it worse, Gomer was not a faithful wife. There is some evidence that two of her three children were not fathered by Hosea. Despite Hosea’s faithfulness, love, care, and concern, she left him with the three children for another man.
In the passage of God’s Word for today, Gomer has hit rock bottom. Her lovers have abandoned her, and she now finds herself being auctioned at the slave market. But to show how much God loved His people, the LORD commanded Hosea to go and buy her (love her again).
When we read this Old Testament book, from the viewpoint that it is not about Hosea’s obedience, nor is it about Gomer’s unfaithfulness. It’s about the LORD’s unconditional love for us. So, take courage, my brothers and sisters, and be thankful. God’s Word for today shows us that His love for you and me is unchanged no matter how low we fall.