“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…” – Hosea 3:1
Hosea’s wife Gomer left him and pursued relationships with other men. And, while she is still committing adultery, God tells Hosea to go after her and bring her home. This gives us a picture that although divorce is allowed in the Bible when there is adultery, it is not commanded (Deut. 24:1-Matt. 19:7-8). Through God’s love and grace, forgiveness and restoration can take place.
God would use Hosea and Gomer’s lives as a living lesson of the Lord’s relationship with His people. Through their example, God was telling the people that, even though they have sold themselves to other god’s, He would once again restore them when they turned back to Him. God said, “I will allure here, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.” God wasn’t going to force or threaten, He was simply going to invite the nation back with His love and grace.
Gomer was in physical adultery, and the nation of Israel was in spiritual adultery and idolatry. From our human standpoint, Hosea is sent to do a seemingly impossible task. He is sent to chase after his bride, who is sleeping around with others. Who, in their right mind, would want to do that? Society today tells us to do otherwise and that we are fools if we let a spouse get away with that. Though this task was probably arduous, Hosea was obedient and even paid the ransom required to get her back. He was an example of putting others above self.
Jesus put everyone else in the world above Himself. The Bible tells us that salvation is for anyone who believes. Everyone has sinned, and there is nobody perfect. We have all gone our own way and committed adulteries by running after the things of this world. Jesus, God incarnate, came down from His throne, walked among us and allures us back. And, Jesus paid the price of our redemption by shedding His blood on the cross. Restoration will come when you accept that fact, and Jesus becomes your personal Lord and Savior.
“What does it mean to repent? It is more than just saying you are sorry. Real repentance is being so sorry, so contrite, that you do not repeat the offense again. If a person declares that they have repented of a certain action or sin, and they continue in that same action, there is good reason to doubt the genuineness of the repentance. For God to work in a life, the first step is a true turning away from sin. And this happens when we encounter the kindness, or goodness, of God. As Paul wrote, ‘The goodness of God leads you to repentance. Forsake the sin, turn from it with finality. And receive the forgiveness that cleanses.’ ” (Romans 2:4) – Chuck Smith