By Alex Welch
In reading the book of Hosea, I’ve been reminded of the recurring theme of redemption and reconciliation found throughout the Bible; and the evidence of God’s love surrounding it.
Hosea's marriage to Gomer, her unfaithfulness and eventual restoration is used as a parable for the Lord's relationship to Israel. Hosea is instructed by God to take to himself a wife of whoredom, painting a picture of Israel committing whoredom by forsaking the Lord, "her husband". Hosea indicates God's plan to restore his "marriage" with Israel. Israel is punished for the sake of bringing her to repentance. This in and of itself further emphasizes the Lord's love and desire to reconcile Israel back to Him.