God gives Hosea a strange command: “Take unto thee a wife of whoredoms” (1:2). The marriage pictures God’s relationship to Israel – an honorable, loving husband paired with an unfaithful wife. Hosea marries an adulteress named Gomer and starts a family with her. When Gomer returns to her life of sin, Hosea – again picturing God’s faithfulness – buys her back from the slave market. The book contains God’s warnings for disobedience but also His promises of blessing for repentance.
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