Hosea 1:2 stated,
“This was the Lord’s first message to Hosea. The Lord said, “Go marry a prostitute who has had children as a result of her prostitution. Do this because the people in this country have acted like prostitutes-they have been unfaithful to the Lord.”
Go marry a prostitute was the command of God to the prophet Hosea. Many have the notion that God’s will for any marriage is to be equally yoked. A prophet and a prostitute doesn’t seem like much of an equilibrium. Infact it doesn’t seem like a match of God’s divine order based on what society refers to as equally yoked. Was Gomer and Hosea equally yoked or were they unequally yoked? Many may have asked the same question, and many may have been shocked at the thought of a prostitute and a prophet of God. Many would have believed that when God made the command, Gomer’s past life became null and void, all her sins were washed away and she was made new for the coming of the prophet Hosea. This the majority would use to justify the act to make more sense out of it using our very own little brain that is yet to phatom the works of God.
Hosea’s purpose was not only to marry a prostitute but his purpose was to bring a revelation to the shame that conceals the act of sin and reveals the purpose within the sin of whoredom. Not only Hosea but Gomer was purposed by God to be used as an example to a nation that needed a wake up call. Could you imagine yourself being used by God as a prostitute? Many would think, “Oh no, God did not use Gomer as a prostitute, infact God would never be apart of such sinful lifestyle.” Well, in my perception a prostitute may very well be used to the Glory of God’s work too, to bring forth revelation and to fulfill his divine will and purpose. Gomer’s character was the direct imagery of Israel. The Israelites were known to be God’s people and so when they began to commit adultery, fornication and idolatry with other gods, Jehovah, God decided he would have used the flesh of a human whom have identical ways and motives to demonstrate to the people of Israel that they will be punished greatly and will no longer be his people. “What a beautiful but complex and harsh love story you may think.”
God had demonstrated his un-dying and unconditional love for his people through the merciful eyes and actions of Hosea. Though Hosea was hurt terribly and was battling between the thoughts of anger, frustration, doubt and pain, he still availeth himself to the works of God, he hearkened unto God’s command and chose to forgive Gomer his promiscuous wife and he reclaimed her back in his arms and in his heart. He loved her truly regardless of the many deceipts, the many affairs, the many occasions of scandulous words against him and the insensitive care towards him.
Just as Hosea forgave Gomer, God forgave us. Just has how Hosea granted mercy, God desired to grant us the same. However, mercy, forgiveness and grace could not be experienced if Gomer hadn’t made a choice as well to accept. Gomer also hearkened unto God’s voice regardless of her many sins, she too followed God’s command to accept marriage, to bear children, to return from her whoredom to the life with her loving Husband. If we look closely at Jamaica, we would see a Gomer and an Hosea. In every day life and relationships, the Gomer and Hosea spirits are evident. When we looked around us in the spiritual realm, for those whom understand, Jamaica, though beautiful in culture we are devious in ways. The people of Jamaica have become whores serving other gods and building their idols from just about anything they could worship. From nicromancy to homosexuality, to adultery of serving other false Gods, satansim, to buduism, to the very smart phones and tablets that exist in this fast going world. So was Gomer and Hosea equally yoked? No, but the scripture Mark 10:9 stated, “What God put together, let no man put asunder.” This I believe that all things works together for good of those whom love the Lord and all things must be to his Glory and not man.
Because Israel had gotten so prosperous as a country, the issues presented itself of moral and spiritual slum baths. Just as in Jamaica and in Hosea’s marriage, prosperity came and the fruit of their womb became obviously blessed and so secularism and materialism captured the hearts of the Jamaican people like it had captured the heart of Gomer and as a result, sin became an explosive factor, rampant. God is saying to us, stop the swearing, lying, killing, stealing, perversion, sexual immorality, sexual addiction, perjury, deceit, oppression, drunkenness, false witnessing, adultery but more so stop this seduction for idolatry. Come back to him, God is saying, “come back to me and I will restore thee.”
As it stated in Hosea 4:18-19, “Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
19: The wind hath bound her up in her wings , and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.”
How shameful is it, to be loved and yet do wrong? Have you ever been caught by the Holy Spirit in an unworthy act and you scorn your own self just by the thoughts of what you did and not just what you did but who you disobeyed? Have you ever shed tears of regrets, because the sins you have committed cannot be forgotten by you but you know that your loving Father in Heaven forgave you and you are just at awe at his love and his un-dying mercy and his assurance?
Well imagine how Gomer must have felt when her loving Husband came and re-claimed her though she did him wrong. Imagine the strength Hosea had to follow God’s command and forgive her and to take her back. Imagine how God feels when we know what’s right and yet we allow the flesh to lead us to shame. Imagine the love God have for us why he is able to accept us regardless of our flaws. Imagine his soverignty when we are given that chance to hearkened unto his voice. Imagine Jamaica, when Gomer had return to her rightful home and role. Imagine if we hearkened unto God’s voice and return to God. Imagine what supernatural powers would transform this little country, Jamaica land we love. The Jamaican Gomer, must return. She must be return from her whoredom to be restored and healed.