Consider..the stubborn love of Hosea for Gomer. Contrary to the name, Gomer was female, an irascible woman married to a remarkable Hosea. She had the fidelity code of a prairie jack rabbit, flirting and hopping from one lover to another. She ruined her life and shattered Hosea’s heart. Destitute, she was placed for sale in a slave market. Guess who stepped forward to buy her? Hosea, who’d never removed his wedding band. The way he treated her you’d have thought she’d never loved another man. God uses this story, indeed orchestrated this drama, to illustrate his steadfast love for his fickle people.