Today’s passage: Hosea 3
- God commands Hosea to go buy Gomer back.
- Gomer is redeemed from her adultery.
- Gomer’s adultery did not give her an identity (She was “Hosea’s wife”), it took her identity away (“A woman”).
- Israel were “My people” and had become “Not my people”.
- It is believed the raisin cakes were part of the erotic, pagan worship going on at the time.
- Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Since the actual King David was dead by the time of this prophecy, the throne of David is what the people would be looking for…this is their Messiah.
Questions to consider:
- Which person in this chapter are we to most accurately associate with? (Hints: It’s not God…and it’s not Hosea.)
- What has been the path of Gomer in this book? What was she doing in the beginning? What did she do after she bore their children? What has now happened to her which brought her back into relationship with Hosea? How many parallels can you find in the history of Israel?
- How would this chain of events be troubling or frustrating from Gomer’s perspective? If she does not want to repent, what would she be thinking? Why is repentance necessary for conversion?