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. To not see this is to misunderstand the narrative. Hosea – chapters 1 through 3 – gives us a glimpse of the life of the prophet who marries a prostitute, chapters 4 to 14 picks the lead from the life of the Prophet Hosea and transitions in to the relationship between God and Israel; it would be catracts of some kind to miss seeing the prophet representing God, and the prostitute, Israel while pondering on the book of Hosea.   Read more

EPIGNOSIS

Philemon 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging (epignosis) of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus

Paraphrase: The expression of your faith produces intended results only by the precise knowledge of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. Read more

The Shrivelled Fig Tree

“And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!”—Matthew 21:17-20. Read more