Hosea and Gomer...
July 17, 2020, 4:10 PM

HOSEA 1

There is a great story of Love found in Hosea. This is the story of a preacher named Hosea, a great man, who was a devoted man to God. This is the amazing story of a preacher and a prostitute. 

 

As we read we the Lord began to speak through Hosea (2). And the Lord told him to “marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her” (2).

It is interesting that one of the very first things that we hear God speaking to him was about God reveling to him a wife…

 

The Lord tells Hosea to marry a woman by the name of Gomer (3). God sends him and shows him a wife, leading him to an area that a preacher would not be looking for a wife. Telling Hosea to take Gomer for his wife… a prostitute… out of all people for a honest, and true preacher, a prostitute.

 

Hosea and Gomer had a child, and the Lord told them to name the child “Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel” (4). Following this Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter who the Lord told them to name “Lo-Ruhamah” (6).

 

God Sent Hosea his wife as a demonstration of HIS love to us!
 

Think about it, Jesus was the Spotless Lamb (the Preacher) and we were the Prostitute.
 

Jesus came to this world to Save us because, God LOVED us!

 

After Hosea and Gomer had children, things seemed good. Hosea was preaching, the church was growing, it seemed like things were on the right track.

 

However, it was after the birth of Jezreel that Hosea seems to have noticed a change in Gomer.

 

She became restless and unhappy, like a bird trapped in a cage.

 

Hosea went on and continued preaching, encouraging the nation to turn from its sin and trust God for deliverance from the threat of surrounding nations. “Return unto the Lord!” was the theme of his message, and he preached it repeatedly with power (Hos. 6:1; 14:1).

 

But Gomer seemed less and less interested in his ministry.

In fact, she may have grown to resent it. She probably even accused Hosea of thinking more about his preaching than he did of her.

 

She began to find other interests to occupy herself, and spent more and more time away from home. Gomer decided that what she had was better than what she has… Gomer goes backs to prostitution, and finds herself caught in sex trafficking.

 

Drifting away from her husband who God had sent her,
she falls back into the past… adultery, and prostitution.

 

God spoke to Hosea again saying “Go, show your love to your wife again” (3:1), He sends Hosea to her Gomer again.

 

His wife, in sex trafficking. Was on an auction block in the middle of town, being sold for sex, for her body.

 

HOSEA 3:1-3

Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.

 

2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley. 3 And I said to her, “You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man—so, too, will I be toward you.”

 

Hosea obeyed the Lord, and “bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley” (3:2).

When Hosea paid this price it wasn’t for a slave or a prostitute, but it was pain in LOVE. In Forgiveness.

 

He bought her, and saying I love you. I forgive you…

 

It was GOD who LOVED us, who loved us enough to buy us…

To pay the price for us, and to forgive us…

 

WE are that prostitute…

We have strayed from him, cheated on Him with the world…

 

And God (the preacher)
The one who loved us enough to forgive us, again and again.

 

 

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
   in that while we werestill sinners, Christ died for us.

 

If there is nothing more important that I can share with you through this story, I want you to know… HE LOVES YOU.

 

If you say I have strayed, that Gomer sounds like me in my life today, and you understand that you need God’s LOVE in your life.

 

Just like Hosea, God has paid the price already to set you free from a life of selfishness and sin. Choose Him.

 

Remember the old saying, “The Grass is not always greener on the other side”.

 

 

Blessings~ Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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