the northern kingdom who married a prostitute to show God's relationship
to a faithless Israel.
Hosea's marriage symbolized
God's marriage to Israel
Hosea prophesied in the northern kingdom of Israel between about 745-722 BC. His family
life symbolized God's relationship to his people. As a wife was
to have only one husband, Israel was to have only one God, yet Israel
repeatedly worshiped other gods. The book of Hosea
tells how Hosea married a prostitute named Gomer to illustrate the situation.
They had three children named "Jezreel" (a battlefield), "Not
Pitied," and "Not My People" to warn of God's judgment.
Yet there was also hope that in time the judgment would be reversed so
that the battlefield would become a fruitful field. God would call Israel
"Pitied" and "My people," and Israel would say "you
are my God."
Hos 1-2 - The
marriage to Gomer