Day 1

Hosea’s Marriage and Children

from the Hosea reading plan

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

BY Amanda Bible Williams

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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197 thoughts on "Hosea’s Marriage and Children"

  1. Heather Schmudlach says:

    I love when she said we are all – .

  2. Heather Schmudlach says:

    I love how she said we are all Gomer’s without Christ. Hard to hear but it is truth

  3. Amanda Baldwin says:

    No matter how far we wander, whether it be a day, a week, a month, a year, or even 10 years, our God is faithful to remain by our side. It amazes me because when I am reminded that he is there, has always been there, and will always be there, my heart is at peace, is calmed, and is full.

  4. Hannah Burchard says:

    This was beautiful. I’m excited to begin learning more. I found this community after buying my She Reads Truth Bible – I liked the pretty gold and the soft feeling of the covers – and I am so happy to have found so much more beneath the surface here!

  5. Rachael Leatherman says:

    I just purchased the She Reads Truth Bible & have chosen to start my study in the book of Hosea after reading, “Redeeming Love,” the fictional book based off of the book of Hosea. It has touched my heart so deeply. I am looking forward to this study.

  6. Taylor McCormick says:

    So thankful that although I am just like Gomer, christs love is endlessn

  7. Kylee Guthrie says:

    I am amazed by the purpose for Hosea and the beautiful imagery God paints. God allows us to understand and have a little grasp of how much He loves us. Through the faithful love of a prophet to a prostitute, shows Gods love for us. Beautiful

  8. Alyssa Gomez says:

    Still trying to comprehend in my heart Gods love for me despite my past. I identify so much with Gomer

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