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