Gomer represents Israel, who turns away from their Lord God time and time again. Hosea’s response to her represents God’s response to a sinning nation and is God’s reassuring message he’ll do the same with us. God wants Gomer (and Israel) to see herself through his own eyes: she is lovely and his love for her is not based upon her behavior. God knows her life will be better by staying faithful to her husband, because she will experience love, protection, and security. She’ll be able to see herself as cleansed, valuable, and significant. If she doesn’t stay faithful, his love for her never wavers or ends.
- Scan Hosea 1-3. Why does God command the prophet to marry Gomer and have children with her (1:1-11)?
- When Gomer is acting in sin, what is Hosea’s attitude toward her (2:1-13)?
- What is the purpose of the discipline Hosea gives Gomer (Hosea 2:6-7)?
- How does Hosea try to woo Gomer back to him (vv. 14-15)?
- What does his loving heart represent to you about God wooing Israel and us back to himself?