1973.) Hosea 3

“Gomer and Hosea” by Cody F. Miller.  Renewal of vows.

Hosea 3   (NIV)

Love an adult’ress

Just as God loves Israel.

Remain pure with her.

–The Gendai Bible (each chapter summarized in a haiku)
by Rev. Frederick K. Boyle

Hosea’s Reconciliation With His Wife

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.

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1 Peter 1:18-19   (NLT)

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

One of the most famous poems in the English language:

A Passionate Shepherd to His Love
by Christopher Marlowe (1564 – 1593)

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That hills and valleys, dale and field,
And all the craggy mountains yield.

There will we sit upon the rocks,
And see the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

There I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroider’d all with leaves of myrtle;

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
Fair linèd slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;

A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs;
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

Thy silver dishes for thy meat
As precious as the gods do eat,
Shall on an ivory table be
Prepared each day for thee and me.

The shepherd swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May-morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.

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Another good read:

Redeeming Love — a novel by Francine Rivers

In this splendid retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, bestselling author Francine Rivers pens a heartbreaking romance between a prostitute and the upright and kind farmer who marries her; the story also functions as a reminder of God’s unconditional love for his people. Redeeming Love opens with the Gold Rush of 1850 and its rough-and-tumble atmosphere of greed and desire. Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, has learned to distrust all men, who see her only as a way to satisfy their lust. When the virtuous and spiritual-minded Michael Hosea is told by God to marry this “soiled dove,” he obeys, despite his misgivings. As Angel learns to love him, she begins to hope again but is soon overwhelmed by fear and returns to her old life . . .

(from amazon.com)

For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

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Music:

Well, this will take you back!  HERE  is Dean Martin and “Return to Me.” Just imagine if Hosea could sing this and put it on youtube and send it to Gomer?!

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New International Version (NIV)   Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Images courtesy of:
Miller.    http://www.codyfmiller.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/gomer-h-draw.9-990×780.jpg
Hosea buys Gomer.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/2a482-hosea-biblepic.jpg
shepherd boy and girl.   http://www.artintheage.com/wp-content/uploads/old/1271875939hireling1233560617.jpg
Redeeming Love.   http://loveliteraturelife.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/redeeming-love.jpg
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2 Responses to 1973.) Hosea 3

  1. I have heard Hosea 3:2 described as the John 3:16 of the Old Testament. This is one least well known yet most beautiful of the Old Testament stories. How could Hosea marry Gomer when he knew she would betray him? How could he redeem her from the slave market when her depraved lifestyle had brought her to penury? The answers escapes us. How could God love me so much that he sent His one and only Son to die in my place? A greater mystery still. Thank you for your meditation and book recommendation.

    • Rebecca says:

      Thank you for reading not only with your mind but also with your heart. Indeed, Hosea is a love story that makes us shake our head — and then to realize, gulp, that WE are the Gomers to God’s love. It is a mystery, as you say. Glad to have you reading DWELLING with us.

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