Summary: This is the third sermon from the Book of Hosea.
God Is Willing To Wait
1 Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans."
2So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley.
3And I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man--so, too, will I be toward you."
4For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim.
5Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days.
As we continue our series on the book of Hosea
we will continue looking at the tumultuous relationship
between Hosea and Gomer.
In a marriage relationship
each person enters into a covenant with the other.
The wedding vows say, “For better or worse, richer or poorer.”
We commit ourselves to each other.
Tt requires changes in our lives to keep the covenant we made.
The same is true with God.
In chapter 2 we witnessed a faithful husband
who decided he could no longer provide for his unfaithful wife
who refused to return.
He realized that the only hope for her returning
was to allow her to feel the results of her choices
with the hope of renewing the relationship with her
later on when she came to her senses.
Through all of his wooing her to return she did not.
So Hosea let her go.
In Chapter 2:2 we see the annulment of the marriage.
Bring charges against your mother, bring charges;
For she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband!
Let her put away her harlotries from her sight,
And her adulteries from between her breasts;
Hosea let her go.
Now we come to Chapter 3
and we see things are getting worse for Gomer.
Gomer did not return.
She went further and further down the path of destruction.
Remember that God uses Gomer to illustrate what was happening
with the people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
The Northern kingdom had continued to reject God
and went further and further down the road of destruction.
Look again at Verse 1. Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans."
The raisin cakes refer to the worship of the fertility god Baal.
Raisin cakes were offered to Baal in thanks for a good harvest.
Northern Israel continues to follow the pagan gods
that were crafted by their own hands and imaginations.
VERSE 2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley.
This shows how far down Israel and Gomer had traveled.
Hosea had to purchase Gomer.
Gomer had become so indebted to her lovers
that she had become a concubine slave to the man.
Remember Hosea stopped providing for her.
So Hosea was told to go pay for her.
The price he paid was that of a slave.
How do I know that?
Exodus 21:32 says,
32If the ox gores a male or female servant, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
So the price of a slave was set at 30 shekels of silver.
It appears Hosea could only come up with 15 shekels
so he pays half in silver and the other half in barley.
30 shekels was also the purchase price for Judas to betray Jesus.
Jesus was betrayed for the price of a slave.
VERSE 3 And I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man--so, too, will I be toward you."
This verse is difficult to understand.
God tells Hosea to go purchase his adulteress wife back.
At the time, Gomer was in a sexual relationship with another man.
In fact, she has had several sexual partners.
Hosea is expected to love her just as God loves the Israelites.
So Hosea purchases Gomer and brings her back home.
Then he tells her there will not be any sexual relationship
between us or any other person.
They will be together, but no sex!
Remember Gomer didn’t come home by choice.
She was purchased with the price of a slave.