Hosea & Gomer
“When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Go, take yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.’ So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.”
Hosea 1:2-3 (ESV)
These verses pretty much sum up who Hosea and Gomer are. Hosea was hearing from the Lord. He was a prophet, and he was a light in the dark world he was surrounded by. At this time, Israel was an evil place. Hosea 4:1-3 gives us a pretty good picture of what was happening in this time period. There was no faithfulness; no steadfast love. There was murder, swearing, adultery, stealing, lying, and deceit. I don’t know about you, but these words sound pretty familiar to me when I take a look at the world around me. We live in a dark time, my friends.
Hosea was good. He was listening to the Lord even though the people around him were not. The second verse in Hosea tells us exactly what God told Hosea to do.
“Go, take yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom…”
I know whoredom is a pretty descriptive word for who Hosea was to marry but let me take it a step further.
A prostitute. God told him to marry a prostitute. God told him to have children with a prostitute.
I don’t know about you, my friends, but when I am seeking the Lord and looking for His will for my life, this is not something I would expect to hear.
Imagine Hosea’s shock.
Regardless, Hosea obeys, and this is where we meet Gomer.
Gomer is the prostitute that Hosea chose to marry.
Gomer literally means completion. The word completion is not “completion” in the positive sense that you’re thinking. It means, “the filling up of the measure of idolatry, or ripeness of consummate wickedness.”
Gomer’s name literally describes the land she is representing in the book of Hosea.
Is this the kind of woman that you would expect a man like Hosea to marry?
Now, let’s change direction a little bit.
In Romans 3, we learn that absolutely everyone sins. No one is perfect. We are liars. We are adulterers. We are murderers. We are thieves. We are unfaithful. We are wicked in the eyes of God. We are Gomer.
Gomer is pursued by a man who she does not deserve. He is good to her. He takes care of her. He continues to love her even when she is unfaithful. He continues to pursue her even when she continues to break his heart over and over and over.
This is a perfectly painted picture of our relationship with the Lord. He is perfect. He is blameless. He is our salvation, and even though we know all of this, we continue to sin and run from Him. We doubt His goodness when things don’t go our way. We don’t obey His will for our lives. We are unfaithful to Him. We break His heart.
Yet, He pursues, He loves, and He doesn’t let us go.
In a time when self-worth is something that everyone struggles with daily, may we be reminded that there is a God who loves us unconditionally. He pursues us when we don’t deserve His pursuit. He would leave the 99 to come after you.
Because of who God is, He is worthy.
Our worthiness is our desperate need for His grace over EVERYTHING else.
Our worthiness is knowing the Savior with immeasurable worth.
We are worthy when we realize how worthy God is.
We are Gomer.
We are just as unworthy of God’s love as she was of Hosea’s. However, this is just the beginning. We are going to see how Hosea relentlessly pursued Gomer, showed her mercy, showed her unconditional love, and how faithful he was to forgive her.
Through this we will see how relentlessly God pursues us, gives us mercy, shows us unconditional love, and how He is faithful to forgive us.