Hosea’s Marriage and Children

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Hosea 1:1-11, Hosea 2:1-13, Titus 3:4-6, 1 Peter 2:10

I spent many years being a wanderer. In many ways, I still am.

My heart is easily distracted by false loves, things I imagine will bring me life when all they really do is pry my eyes from the truer life I’ve already been given.

When David and I got married, a family friend—a man his father’s age who’d known David since he was a boy—pulled him aside a day before the ceremony. The words he spoke were not merely advice; they were a mandate, an imperative. “Be faithful to your wife,” he said. “You aren’t immune to infidelity; don’t give yourself the opportunity.”

Not a year goes by where we do not remember his advice, admitting our brokenness to one another and praying God’s grace on the promise we made all those years ago.  

At heart, I am Gomer. I am a woman who sabotages love in spite of what I know to be true. I did it when I was younger, “looking for love in all the wrong places,” as the old country song puts it. And I do it now, looking for love in the praise of others, in social media likes. I hear the call of my false loves every day. And every day, I hear the faithful call of my one true love, the God who made me for love.

Here is what the Lord said to the prophet Hosea when Israel was going her adulterous way:

Go and marry a woman of promiscuity,
and have children of promiscuity,
for the land is committing blatant acts of promiscuity
by abandoning the LORD.
—Hosea 1:2

The word “promiscuity” here is a heavy word. Some versions translate it as “wife of whoredom,” “wife of harlotry,” or even “prostitute.”  The woman God was calling Hosea to pursue was not just double-minded; she was actively and consistently deceitful, disloyal, and devious. She was all of us, without God.

Israel was caught in a cycle of sin, and God was ready to get her attention. Hosea was to show Israel her sin, literally, by taking an unfaithful wife and being faithful to her.

God’s judgment on His unfaithful people was more than clear. They were not fit to be His people. They were not fit to be His, period. And yet…

Yet the number of the Israelites
will be like the sand of the sea,
which cannot be measured or counted.
And in the place where they were told:
You are not my people,
they will be called: Sons of the living God.
—Hosea 1:10

The Lord, the perfect and faithful One, would have mercy, grace, and compassion on Israel, the always-unfaithful ones. God said of Israel, “I will deliver them by the LORD their God. I will not deliver them by bow, sword, or war, or by horses and cavalry” (Hosea 1:7). This would be no worldly rescue. This would be the promised salvation of God’s people, a promise established from the first sin of the first man and woman in the first book of the Bible (Genesis 3:15).

The consequences of sin are real and painful, but the rescue would come—not by the merit of those being rescued, but because of the merciful grace of God.

And that, friends, is the theme of this book we begin reading today. The book of Hosea is a treatise on the unworthiness of sinners and the graciousness of God. We are wanderers, all of us. We run after false loves while the Father runs after us. But, praise the Lord, His faithfulness is greater than our sin (Titus 3:5).

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  1. Katyann Caldwell says:

    I am Gomer. But God will continually seek me out and I will always run away. Once I turn and see His face I will become His once more.

  2. Katyann Caldwell says:

    I am no better than Gomer. But God continually

  3. Lisa Handy says:

    Hosea’s love for Gomer is a perfect example of Gods love for us. We are to love no matter what others do against us. Love doesn’t mean there is no consequences to their actions to us but it’s our responsibility to love them through the circumstances and be there to assist in their consequences of their sin. We can not be their enabler.

  4. Meagan Garza says:

    I started reading Hosea after finishing Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, I’m so excited to see the word of God and the true story of Hosea and Gomer come alive to teach me how God continues to pursue me, the adulterous woman who continues to go after false loves.

  5. Allison Sherwood says:

    Praise the Lord, His faithfulness is greater than our sin!

  6. Lynda Pontious says:

    The comparison of a woman who does not honor her relationship with her husband to God’s children not honoring our relationship with him is quite possible vision.

  7. Amber Helms says:

    My husbands mentor spoke with us weeks before we were married and shred the same wisdom. He stated that we aren’t immune to divorce or temptation, but we should pray and practice preparedness when it does come. We have taken that advice and have tried to stay true to being God centered even when we feel the most broken. This really spoke to me.

  8. Jennifer Lumley says:

    Our hearts wander but our Father is always calling us back to Him. Thank you gracious and loving Father .