Published on March 15, 2014
A PORTRAIT OF LOVE 1. Hosea receives an unusual instruction from God.
Go, take a harlot wife and harlot’s children, for the land gives itself to harlotry, turning away from the LORD. So he went and took Gomer, the daughter Of Diblaim (Hosea 1:2)
2. Together they have three children each with symbolic names: 1. Jezreel means “seed of God” 2. Loruhamah means “not love. or no mercy” 3. Loammi means “not mine, or not my people.”
3. Hosea’s wife Gomer, leaves him for a lover and enters into an adulterous relationship with him.
4. After some unspecified period of time God instructs Hosea: Give your love to a woman beloved of a paramour, an adulteress; Even as the LORD loves the people of Israel, though they turn to other gods and are fond of raisin cakes (Hosea 3:1
5. Hosea has to pay a rather hefty price indeed to purchase her back from her paramour:
6. Prior to restoring her to any intimacy a period of purification and testing will be necessary: Then I said to her: “Many days you shall wait for me; you shall not play the harlot Or belong to any man; I in turn will wait for you.” (Hosea 3:3)
A. Just as Hosea took Gomer for his wife and married a woman altogether beneath him, unworthy of him, and totally without regard for him, so the Lord God our Savior is married to his elect.
B. Just as Gomer forsook her loving husband and went after her lovers, you and I went astray from our God as soon as we were born.
C. Just as Gomer’s pursuit of her lovers brought her into bondage, slavery, and utter ruin, so we have ruined ourselves, walking after the lusts of our own flesh.
D. Just as Hosea secretly provided for and took care of Gomer, though she ran after her lovers (2:8), so our great God graciously took care of and provided for us throughout the days of our rebellion (Jude 1; Heb. 1:14).
E.Just as Hosea, in order to save Gomer, came to where she was and walked through the haunts of iniquity, so the Son of God, in order to save us, came into this world and walked in this land of darkness.
F. Just as Hosea redeemed Gomer with a legal ransom price, our Lord Jesus Christ redeemed us by the price of his own precious blood.
G. Just as Hosea made Gomer his faithful wife and was faithful to her, so the Lord Jesus, by his omnipotent mercy, irresistible love, and almighty grace makes the objects of his love his faithful bride (3:3; Jer 32:38-40).
H. Just as Hosea did all that he did for Gomer in obedience to the will of God, because of a covenant of love, so the Lord Jesus Christ does all that he does for us in obedience to the will of God as our Surety because of his covenant love for us (2:18-20).
I. Just as Hosea conquered Gomer’s whorish heart by his love for her, so the Lord Jesus Christ conquers the hearts of chosen, redeemed sinners in the time of love (2:9-17).
In a very real sense I am Gomer and so are you! We are unfaithful people who deserve God’s wrath, not His mercy. But Jesus has become our Jezreel (place of judgment) in order that we might have God’s mercy and be called God’s people! Believe this good news and receive this Amazing love today. Conclusion:
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