Text: Hosea 1-4; Song of Songs 6
Hosea opens with a beautiful and difficult tale which depicts God’s incredible love for His people (us). Hosea is directed by the Lord to marry “a wife of whoredom.” As we might expect, that does not go well. She leaves her husband and ends up a slave. The Lord then directs Hosea to love her. Hosea writes:
“So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley.” (3:2)
Imagine the moral courage such a thing would require. Imagine our own emotions if our spouse had been unfaithful. Hosea’s unfaithful wife is not only welcomed back into his home, but he has to pay for the privilege.