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Written by Ir. David Kurniadi for Rev. DR Jantje Haans   
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:27

Hosea is a typology of Jesus. Hosea was a minor prophet who was commanded by God to take for him a wife of harlots named Gomer (Hosea 1:2). This is an extreme picture of obedience of the prophet to God that he was willing to take for him an unfaithful woman and immoral as his wife. This is beyond our common sense and understanding: how was it possible a God’s prophet married a prostitute?



“And the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Go, take unto you a wife of prostitutes…. So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived and bare him a son” (Hosea 1:2)


But this actually is the picture of Christ’s total obedience to God the Father. Jesus, the Son of God, was willing to totally obey the Father’s command (John 6:38); to come into the world, left His equality with God, stripped Himself and became like men and was born a human being (Philippians 2:6-8). He did this in order that sinful men like us can become God’s people, even as God’s children. Christ’s obedience was beyond our understanding. It goes beyond common sense.


Of his (Hosea) marriage with Gomer was born a son named Jezreel (Hosea 1:3-5). Jezreel was the picture of Israel, God’s people. This is the picture that through the obedience and willingness of Jesus to accept man, though unfaithful and sinful they are, were born God’s people, which we call Christians (Romans 9:25).


“And the Lord said unto him (Hosea), ‘Call his name Jezreel” (Hosea 1:4).


But his marriage with Gomer brought a lot of grief to Hosea because of the unfaithfulness of Gomer. Though she had become his wife, Gomer still chased another man. Of her affair with another man was born a daughter that must be taken by Hosea. Hosea named that child “Lo-Ruhamah” which means: not loved” (Hosea 1:6).


“Then the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means ‘not loved’), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them” (Hosea 1:6).


This is the picture of infidelity, unfaithfulness of God’s people, because though they are God’s people but they are flirting with the world and they love the world. As the result they begin to lose God’s love and the wrath of God would fall upon them if they do not turn back to Him and repent.


“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John2:15).


“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).


Not stopping there, Gomer continued to make affair with another man and had a child from that affair. Again God commanded Hosea to take the child for him and to name him “Lo-Ammi” which meant: “You are not my people and I am not your God”  (Hosea 1:8-9).


“After she weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, ‘Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God” (Hosea 1:8-9)


The same will happen with God’s people if they continually offend God with their unfaithfulness and disobedient. It will cause “God’s rejection.” Many believers misused God’s grace and His kindness and tested His patience with their unfaithfulness. If they do not immediately repent from their sins with contrite heart they will be greatly regret to find themselves rejected by God, though they confess that they are God’s people.


“Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord!” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will oh My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23).


Nevertheless in the middle of unfaithfulness of His people God still expects their repentance and salvation. God still expects that His people will realize their sins and return to Him so that He can receive them back.


“Say to them,  “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel” (Ezekiel 33:11).


God wants that those He once rejected and said, “You are not My people!” He will receive them again and calls them as “children of the Living God!” Those who He named ‘Lo-Ammi’: “you are not My people and I am not your God!” will He calls: ‘Ammi’: “you are My people and I am your God!” Those who He named ‘Lo-Ruhamah’ which means “not loved” will be called ‘Ruhamah’ which means: “loved” (Hosea 1:10-12).


But human are sinners! They are always unfaithful and continually grieve God’s heart. Gomer is the picture of unfaithful God’s people. She kept chasing after another men that she said: “I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink” (Hosea 2:5).


These things are what make God’s people unfaithful to Him and turn their heart to the sinful world. It’s because the world promises them riches, power and fame. The devil always offers these things; even he once offered it also to Jesus, when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. The devil said: “I will give you all their authority and splendor, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours” (Luke 4:6-7).


If Jesus was tempted by the devil like that, what more could happen with us, mere human. Many God’s people turned away from God to sin because those things the devil offered have tempted them.


“For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:16-17).


In His love and mercy God has always tried to prevent us from destruction and perdition. That is why God is trying to block us with various problems, difficulties and failures, with various sufferings and afflictions. But we don’t understand God’s purpose and upset with Him, even angry with Him.


“Therefore, behold, I (the Lord God) will block her path with thorn bushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way” (Hosea 2:6).


God expects that through failures, sufferings and afflictions God’s people would realize, repent and return to Him.


“She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better of than now” (Hosea 2:7).


We actually should realize that the world with its splendor and sensualities couldn’t give the true happiness. The true happiness can only be found in God. So we should thank God when He leads us into affliction with the intention of preventing us from destruction. Then we will realize that only in God we will find true happiness.


“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word…. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Psalms 119:67 and 71).


God in His mercy and loving kindness allows various problems to bring His people back to Him. Often God’s people did not realize that it was God who has given them their wealth and prosperity, and they misused them instead for sinning (Hosea 2:8). That is why He took back His blessings: His abundance and joy; even He lets His people be put to shame before the world because of their behavior that disgrace the name of the Lord and hurting God’s heart (Hosea 2:9-12).


However, God in His faithful love, continuously trying to bring us back to repentance that we may return to Him and be accepted back.


“Therefore I am going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness (to set apart from the world) and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor (affliction) a door of hope (to repent and accepted back)” (Hosea 2:14-15).


God urges us to settle our problem of sins before Him, because He is ready to forgive us and accept us again.


“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).


“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).


When sin has been settled before God through repentance and purification by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7), there will be reconciliation and peace again with God so we are accepted again by God and become His beloved (Hosea 2:16-23).


God’s faithfulness is shown by His patience waiting for His people to realize their sins and return to Him with repentance and contrite heart. God’s faithfulness is shown by His forgiveness and willingness to accept us and restore us.


The last man who was Gomer chased has made her a slave. That is what the world will finally treat everyone who loves it, make them its slave. But Hosea was commanded by God to redeem Gomer from her slavery and to love her again. This is the picture of God’s love and faithfulness to His people who always unfaithful to Him; who has turned away from God to chase the riches and pleasure of the world (Hosea 3:1).


Hosea then redeemed Gomer from slavery with the higher price than it should be. Hosea redeemed her and paid the price in order to get her back for his own. This is what Christ has done: redeemed the sinners (Hosea 3:2).


“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20)


“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold … but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19).


God has shown His love and faithfulness by the redemption He has done in order to set us free from the slavery and to receive us again as His children (Galatians 4:5).


“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall free indeed” (John 8:36).


The love and faithfulness of Hosea to Gomer, his unfaithful wife, is an extreme picture of the love and faithfulness of the Lord Jesus Christ to us, God’s people, who often unfaithful to Him. The love and faithfulness of Christ is beyond our reason, beyond our understanding, but that’s reality. Therefore do not regard lightly God’s love and faithfulness to us.


Gomer was accepted back, but for sometime she lost her intimacy from her husband (verse 3). Those who squandered God’s mercy and faithfulness will lose their intimacy with God until they realize again the meaning of “fear of God.”


“Afterward shall the children of Israel return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king (recalling the meaning of faithfulness toward God like David); and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days” (Hosea 3:5).


(From the sermon given by Rev. DR. Jantje Haans)


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