A Love Affair
Hosea and Gomer
This is a Biblical account of a man named Hosea and his wife Gomer. God said to Hosea, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord." Now, this is a time in history when Israel had turned away from God and God wanted someone to show the analogy of what it means to truly love. The word adultery was in reference to God's people, Israel, worshipping idols and serving false gods. They had turned from their love, God. It was spiritual adultery.
Hosea married Gomer and together they had three children, two son's and one daughter. Their names were given by God to describe what would happen to Israel. The first son, Jezreel, to "break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel". Then a daughter was born and named Lo-Ruhamah because God would "no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them". Last, another son, Lo-Ammi saying, "you are not my people, and I am not your God". Each name described an action made or caused by the broken relationship between God and Israel.
Now, Hosea's wife left him and slept with another man, but God told him to go get her back. So, Hosea found her and paid to get her back, "I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley". Even though, Gomer left him and was adulterous, he loved her enough to go after her and pay a price for her. He brought her out of prostitution the first time and took her and her children. Hosea went after her not once but twice and brought her out of despair.
This is a great analogy between God and His people. Israel turned from God and while they were in despair and being punished He longed for them to return to Him and repent. He loved them and all of us so much, that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us! He sent Jesus, His only son, to pay the price to get us back. He goes after us and longs for a restoration of the relationship He originally intended to have with us. This is LOVE. This is how we should LOVE. It's about sacrifice and submission.