I can imagine the people of the day who knew about Hosea and his situation. They must have been amazed at what was happening. But think of the clear example of what God was having Hosea to do. It was God’s mercy and love illustrated in a living, breathing example.
It would be easy for Hosea to talk about God’s love to those around him in Israel’s northern kingdom. “Look at how I love Gomer – this is just how God loves you!”
2 So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and about five bushels of barley and a measure of wine.
Gomer had apparently been on her own a while, and perhaps sold herself into slavery or as a mistress to another man. Hosea had to buy his unfaithful, unrepentant wife back. My footnotes say it was a pitifully small amount, as Gomer was no longer worth much to anyone except Hosea. He loved her just as god loved Israel.
That’s what I’m thankful for today. No matter what I’ve done, God is not willing to let me go. That goes for you, too! He will continue to love us, pursue us, buy us back, and to raise us up again.
Thank You, God!
grace & peace,