The Lord spoke to Hosea and said that Israel had committed “great whoredom by forsaking the LORD” (Hosea 1:2). The people were, from God’s vantage point, prostituting themselves to other gods. So what was the Lord’s prescription for this illness? What did He suggest Hosea should do? “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom…” (Hosea 1:2). In other words, “Go marry a harlot and have kids with her. That will be a clear depiction of what My people have done.”
Wow! That’s a pretty strong word picture. This is not the first or last time in Scripture that God had someone role play to make a point, but it is certainly one of the most poignant.
Later, the prostitute left Hosea, and God told him to go buy her back. Apparently after years of marriage, she strayed back to her old life, and the Almighty sent her husband to find her and repurchase her for himself again.
That’s precisely what Jesus did for you and me. He came to buy us back. Out of the filth and degradation of our sin-riddled lives, He sought us out and bought us back for himself.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins… But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…” (Ephesians 2:1, 4-5).
What an amazingly loving God we serve!