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FRAMEWORKS: Hosea

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FRAMEWORKS: Hosea 3: Reconciliation

 

[Preliminary Comment: Time has clearly passed and although it has been obliquely referred to before, that state of his marriage becomes clear: she has been unfaithful but

Hosea is to seek reconciliation with his wife, a picture of God & Israel.

 

 

v.1 Although she is with another man, Hosea is to restore and love her

v.1  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.'

 

v.2 So he pays [the other man] the price of a slave [perhaps]

v.2  So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.

 

v.3 He instructs here to be faithful to him only

v.3  Then I told her, ‘You are to live with me for many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.'

 

v.4,5 This is to be a picture of God restoring them after exile

v.4  For the Israelites will live for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods.

v.5  Afterwards 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.

 

[Notes: This short chapter finds its value in the last two verses. At the moment – the time of Hosea prophesying – kings lead an idolatrous people, an unfaithful people but there will come a time when that will be stopped and the exile we now know about will take place, purifying their hearts so afterwards when the Lord restores them to their land, they will come with open repentant and contrite hearts. Hosea buying back Gomer from her unfaithful life is to portray this.]

  

   

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