I WAS GOMER

THE PROPHET WHO MARRIED A PROSTITUTE

When a person reads the Prophet Hosea for the very first time, he is appalled by the fact that God could ask a prophet to marry a prostitute. However, what should really be shocking is not the fact that the prophet was asked to marry a prostitute, but to see ourselves in the place of the prostitute; Hosea viewed by any other lens other than viewing ourselves as “Gomer the prostitute” is making a mockery of the Word of God.

Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.

There is a constant juxtapositioning  of characters in Hosea, God as the prophet, Gomer as Israel, especially in chapters 1 to through 3, and one must see this to understand the narrative. Hosea – chapters 1 through 3 – gives us a glimpse of the life of the prophet who married a prostitute, it would be catracts of some kind to miss seeing the prophet representing God, and the prostitute, Israel.  Chapters 4 to 14 picks the lead from the life of the Prophet Hosea and transitions in to the relationship between God and Israel. Read more

THE CROSS BEFORE THE CROWN

 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Matt 10:38

Christianity as perceived by some is the stuff of “crowns”; a theology identified by popular labels such as: prosperity, abundance and security. This is a form of Christianity which guarantees immunity from suffering and is akin to a “talisman” that  prevents danger. Read more