Hosea 1-3 tells the the story of Gomer – a very adulterous woman who had a husband (Hosea) who loved her regardless. Hosea 1:2 (NIV) states, “When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.” Gomer had three children named: Jezreel (God Scatters), Lo-Ruhamah (Not Loved) and Lo-Ammi (Not My People). Hosea even questioned his paternity for two of these children because of Gomer’s unfaithfulness. This woman simply would not stop. She had many lovers and continued to be unfaithful. Yet Hosea, her husband, remained by her side with much love and faithfulness. Hosea felt so much grief because of his wife’s ways. Hosea felt so betrayed and tried to talk to her but she simply ignored him. The voice of God came to Hosea saying, “”Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes (Hosea 3:1 NIV).” Hosea had almost given up! But he did as God told him to do. In Hosea 2:19 (NIV) Hosea tells Gomer, “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.” He kept loving Gomer. The word of the Lord transformed Hosea’s children: Lo-Ruhamah became “Ruhamah” (Loved) and Lo-Ammi became Ammi (My People).
I was so touched after reading and studying this story. This story portrayed God’s jealousy toward the people of Israel. Israel had turned away from God and refused to turn back. Can you imagine how deeply God’s heart was broken? Israel’s men indulged in many displeasing acts such as cheating the poor and believing in idols. There was simply no peace in Israel. Yet, God continued to love the people of Israel. Even though the people of Israel abandoned God, He remained faithful to them. God still remains faithful to us today. We fail daily but Gods’ love for us never fails. God never gives up on us. Yes, there are times when we make bad decisions and we feel suffer horrible consequences; but we learn from those bad decisions. It is not God who leaves us alone; we leave Him. This story can apply to every area of our lives because in every area, God’s love is there. God’s love never ever fails us.