Hosea 3:2–3 (HCSB)
2 So I bought her for 15 shekels of silver and five bushels of barley. 3 I said to her, “You must live with me many days. Don’t be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will act the same way toward you.”
This pericope, despite its brevity, has a wonderful message. Although there is a message of discipline, punishment, we see the large picture of God’s redemptive plan. Some of the symbolism of Hosea’s story that represents God’s plan are as follows:
- Hosea 3:1 – “Go again” – Just as God repeatedly rescues His people, continually drawing them back to Himself, we see His command to Hosea to go again to Gomer and bring her back to himself.
- Hosea 3:2 – Just as God offered His son as our substitute, “buying” us back in a way, Hosea paid a price for Gomer. But, we (I) should be careful not to extend the comparison much further, as Christ’s sacrifice is priceless, while the price paid by Hosea was minimal.
- Hosea 3:4 – Israel living without a king seems to be a foreshadow of the time to come after the temple was destroyed and before Jesus came to walk among them. It was not as though God disappeared, but the system that had been put in place to remediate sin was destroyed, and until Christ came in the flesh, Israel, or God’s people, or everyone, lived without a king.
- Hosea 3:5 – After a period without their king, Israel, God’s people, would yet again return to Him, and live under their King, Jesus. It is clearly not King David being spoken of here, but his greatest descendant: Jesus. And not only will we return to God, but we will seek Him! As He has been revealed as the Messiah, and His story lives on, His word unchanging and speaking truth, we continue to seek after Him, searching for life.
Lord, thank You for Your promise of restoration and reconciliation, and the fulfillment of it. I pray that those of us that already know You continue to follow You, and those that have yet to be saved would seek You. We are in awe of Your plan, and Your promise, and Your work of making all things happen according to them. Amen.