Hosea’s wife, Gomer, a harlot, who God told him to marry, wanted to go back her to own ways she tried and realized her wrongs. She came back and had to be put up for auction. No one wanted her, she almost went for half price. However, Hosea went and bought her back full price, maybe more, he said you are now twice mine. Likewise we are bought with a price by Jesus Christ. We belong to Him because are twice His.
See The Book of Hosea in the Bible. There are 14 chapters in the Book of Hosea. Alternatively she is mentioned as a “promiscuous woman” (NIV), a “harlot” (NASB), and a “whore / whoredoms” (KJV).
When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry,forsaking the Lord.” So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.Hosea 1:2
Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.”Hosea 3:3
Just as Gomer had been unfaithful to her husband and had to be redeemed, Israel needed God’s initiative to restore their relationship.Got Questions
“If the love of man can be so deep, how unfathomable must be the love of God.”Dean Farrar
The term Harlot is portrayed often throughout the Bible, most cases referring to us, sinners, as harlots. That is because we sin and are unfaithful to God just like a harlot is unfaithful.
Here are some of the Hebrew uses according to the Strong’s Concordance.
- H2181 – Zanah – זָנָה (to commit fornication, adultery, prostitute, unfaithful)
- H6948 – Qĕdeshah – קְדֵשָׁה – female temple prostitute
There is a faith based movie, Amazing Love, based on this. I haven’t watched this, but I would like to.