You may be familiar with the Old Testament story of Hosea and Gomer. Hosea was a prophet whom God instructed to marry a prostitute. The faithful and obedient prophet did as the Lord instructed. He married Gomer and they had three children. However, Gomer left Hosea to return to her former life. Hosea had to purchase his wife back so she could live with him again. The story is a picture of God’s faithfulness and relentless love.
I’ve often felt bad for Hosea. Surely his marriage was not the one he would have chosen for himself. I’ve also admired his unyielding obedience and willingness to be used by God. Before we get too wrapped up in the character of Hosea, though, we must remember he represents God in the story. It is Hosea’s prostitute wife who represents God’s people. We are all unfaithful. We are all Gomer.