Hosea 3: A Love We Don’t Deserve
There is debate over whether or not Hosea 3 begins with a reference to Gomer or another woman, but I tend to think that it does indeed refer to her.
Hos 3:1 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
Hos 3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:
Hos 3:3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.
It seems to me that this woman is Gomer, it completes the picture of redemptive love that we are supposed to be seeing here. Even though she had abandoned him and committed adultery, when he apparently found her in slavery, as evidenced by the fact that he had to buy her back, he was willing to do that because he loved her.
In chapter 2, we talked about God doing that for the people of Israel, that seems to make the most sense to me that this would be a personal example of this type of love in real life.
This is the kind of love that we have been shown. We don’t deserve it because we have run away from God, and He could certainly let us keep running forever. However, because of the loving God that He is, He paid the price to buy us back from the dominion of sin. We were slaves, but Christ brought us out from that place.
As a result, it seems to me that understanding this as Gomer makes the most sense given the context. It is a picture of the love that we have been given, and it truly is amazing. To be given something freely that we don’t deserve is not something that happens every day in human relationships.