They were so stricken with sin that their vision became blurry. Since this is the case, why would He want a man who lived for the Lord to marry a woman who commits this forbidden act? Eventually, Judah and Israel separated, becoming two separate kingdoms, which had their own prophets. Even in the Old Testament, God was merciful and patient with Israel, just as He is with people today. The name also refers to the famous Valley of Jezreel. Now they are among the nations like a worthless vessel. The allegory here is pungent for a reason, just about anyone would be repulsed by the notion of an unfaithful spouse, well, anyone reading this blog anyway! I will again make you dwell in tents, as in the days of the appointed feast. Their leaders will fall by the sword for the cursing of their tongue; for this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.
And I will abolish bow and sword and weapons of war in the land, and will make them lie down in safety. One of the most significant examples was before the Flood. He wanted a beautiful vineyard that belonged to a man named Naboth. In other words penal substitution is one facet, and I consider rather an important one, but we will never appreciate the attonement in all its wonder until we see the others as well, and give them their proper place. It made a lot of sense when I got round to reading it.
Some believe she was a temple prostitute, which was common in Baal worship. Where do you personally stand on these issues Peter? For the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their punishment. Now, because of the continued sins of the people and the kings, because of the bloodshed brought about by Jehu, now God was going to scatter His people. Israel is looking a lot like the people Joshua drove out of the Promised Land. He loves us, just as He loved Gomer.
It was common among the families in the Bible for their children to bear names of significance. The story of Gomer is one with a powerful message to the Israelites of her day and to Christians today. How could I make you like Admah? He will no longer forgive them and in 722 B. Tomorrow we will meet more of the family. He chooses to love her regardless of what she has done. In other words penal substitution is one facet, and I consider rather an important one, but we will never appreciate the attonement in all its wonder until we see the others as well, and give them their proper place.
I will add your model to my understanding as well. Hosea buys his wife back and tells her she can live with him. For the men themselves go off with prostitutes and offer sacrifices with shrine prostitutes. These are two mutually exclusive categories. Adultery is a sin God included in the Ten Commandments as something we should not do.
We first meet Gomer in the Old Testament book of Hosea. So, I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. However for me the wonder of the Gospel is that it is like a diamond — showing many facets depending on how you look at it. They will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days. In Hebrew the place called Har Megiddo, transliterated Armageddon. Their precious silver will be taken over by thistles, and thorns will overrun their tents. Is This Book Still Relevant Today? It is worth noting also Hosea 3:3: after Gomer was redeemed from her prostitution she was expected to become a faithful wife again, not to return to prostitution or adultery.
And when you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the punishment of the house of Judah. It explored a number of models of the attonement. I am not trying to present this Hosea model as the only or primary one, but as one to be given similar weight to all the others. Shall I redeem them from Death? I came across yours and read what you said about yourself seeking to present wisdom in a gentle manner I think that is awesome and wish you luck in your endeavoring to live out that calling, it is also a reminder to me that all of us believers have that same call. In another episode that demonstrates their wickedness, Ahab decided that he wanted a piece of land for himself. Theologians generally pinpoint this event as the reason that polytheism became more widely practiced in Israel.
He wanted to bless the Israelites and give them a life full of joy. This was the basis not the justification the basis for the ethnic hatred the Jews held toward the Samaritans. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your mighty men, 14the roar of battle will rise against your people, so that all your fortresses will be demolished as Shalman devastated Beth-arbel in the day of battle, when mothers were dashed to pieces along with their children. This is because soon I will punish the family of Jehu for the people they killed at Jezreel. What better way to teach us a lesson than to use a sin that unfortunately has become so common today? During the time the prophet Hosea is teaching and writing, Israel is in a spiritual and moral decline. This is a picture of when Israel was with God.
Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes. My heart is turned within Me; My compassion is stirred! Out of Egypt I Called My Son 1When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. But they went to Baal-peor, and consecrated themselves to Shame; so they became as detestable as the thing they loved. The first is to use this marriage as a picture of where Israel stands in the eyes of God.
Footnotes: 4 a Or for My case is against you, O priests 7 b Or they exchanged their glorious God Syriac ; MT I will exchange their glory 8 c Or the sin offerings 15 d Beth-aven means house of wickedness. He showed mercy to her, and He continues to show mercy to us today. All their kings fall; not one of them calls upon Me. So being an eclectic with the atonement leads you to a place where you sincerely appreciate the strengths of various views while at the same time rejecting the weaknesses or the mistakes made by proponents of those models. Well guess where Assyria defeated the armies of Israel? I, even I, will tear them to pieces and then go away.