Chapter 6 – Gomer
We have a little saying at our house whenever one of us says something catty or judgmental about someone: “Sluts are people, too.” It gets a laugh, but it’s also a reminder not to be harsh or critical. Well, speaking of sluts, Gomer was one. She was the wife of the great prophet Hosea.
And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
Right away we get the picture, the analogy is between Israel and Hosea’s soon-to-be-adulterous wife, Gomer. There’s a lot written that will explain and interpret the book of Hosea, but let’s just look at this one point about Gomer: she played around. Her first child was Hosea’s, but then she has two more kids, a girl and a boy, and they are obviously not her husband’s. Hosea loves her anyway even after she gets herself deep into the prostitution life. He buys her back. Wow, what a great image of God’s unconditional love.
Gomer is definitely not the best picture of how to be a good mom, but one thing is in her favor – she goes back to Hosea. She may have loved her life of “whoredom”, but in the end she chose to stay with the one who loved her most.
Next Saturday – Hagar