We Are Gomer

| January 26, 2015

We often compare the story of Hosea and Gomer to the story of God and Israel, and rightly so. Hosea 3:1 says:

And the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.”

The application is clear: Hosea is called to love this adulterous woman in the same way that God loves his wandering-eyed people. But looking back on the complete canon of Scripture, with the Trinity in view, we can make another comparison: Hosea and Gomer represent Christ and the church.

We are Gomer. And that is immensely comforting.

Hosea’s Obedience and Perseverance

One can only imagine Hosea’s surprise when God told him to continue to chase after his adulterous wife. He could’ve given her a bill of divorce. He could’ve walked away. Instead, he heeded the Lord and never deserted her.

In the incarnation, God sent his Son to redeem his wayward people. Jesus Christ, the God-man, obeyed his Father. He sacrificially pursued his people even to the point of having nails driven into his hands and feet…

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