Summary: This is the first in a series of sermons on the book of Hosea.
Are You A Gomer?
1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
2When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea: "Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry By departing from the LORD."
3So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived
and bore him a son.
4Then the LORD said to him: "Call his name Jezreel, for in a little while
I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, and bring an end
to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5It shall come to pass in that day that I will break the bow of Israel in the
Valley of Jezreel."
6And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:
"Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, but I will utterly take them away.
7Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah, will save them by the LORD
their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword or battle, by horses
8Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.
9Then God said: "Call his name Lo-Ammi, for you are not My people,
and I will not be your God.
10"Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea,
which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass in the
place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' There it shall be
said to them, 'You are sons of the living God.'
11Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered
together, and appoint for themselves one head; and they shall come up out of
the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel!
Say to your brethren, 'My people,' and to your sisters, 'Mercy is shown.'
Today we begin a series of sermons from the Book of Hosea.
The book is about love, redemption and restoration.
This is a story about a God who loves His people.
He loves them so much,
that every time He has to expose their sin
and declare the consequences they will suffer;
He follows it quickly with promises to save and restore them.
His deep love for them compels Him to offer hope.
In the instructions He gives to Hosea the prophet
He reveals His own heart toward His adulterous people;
both back then…and now.
Look again at Verse 2.
2 When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea: "Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry By departing from the LORD."
Many Bible commentators have rejected the idea
that this could have been an actual marriage.
They claim a holy God would not instruct His prophet
to actually enter into a marriage relationship with a prostitute.
They say this is just symbolic.
Others Gomer was a good woman when they got married
and only turned unfaithful to her husband later.
Some say Hosea wanted to marry a harlot named Gomer
and God allowed it but warned him she would break his heart.
I reject all those explanations!
Verse 2 clearly says God told Hosea to marry this prostitute!
Hosea was told to marry a harlot;
to love her and provide for her
to protect her even when she deliberately committed adultery,
to remain willing to welcome her back with open arms
and love her when she finally found repentance.
You see, Gomer represented the adulterous nation Israel.
Hosea was to show those people
that God loved them
and wanted them back.
This book in the Old Testament is a good lesson for Christians.
Point #1. Gomer represents the unfaithful nation of Israel and unfaithful Christians.
Let’s look at the names of children born to Hosea!
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived
and bore him a son. 4 Then the LORD said to him: "Call his name Jezreel, for
in a little while I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu,
and bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 It shall come to
pass in that day that I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel."
In 1 Kings chapter 21 we can see what God is saying to Hosea.
It’s the story of Naboth and his vineyard in the valley of Jezreel.