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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Women of the Bible - Gomer

 We've been studying the Book of Hosea in Sunday school for the last few weeks, which is why I've had Gomer on my mind.  When I prayed for God to lead me to the woman He wanted me to talk about this week....she is the lady who kept coming to my mind.

Although....it's difficult to refer to Gomer as a lady!!!
Let me explain!!!

The Lord instructed Hosea, a prophet, to marry Gomer....who was a prostitute.   Hosea did as he was asked by the Lord....and had children with her.  We aren't told exactly in scripture,  but from research, we learn that probably only the first child that she delivered actually belonged to Hosea.  She actually had 2 sons and 1 daughter, each named by the Lord to indicate the consequences of Israel's continued infidelity and rejection of God.  Each child was renamed to indicate His mercy when Israel would repent.  Some time during the marriage, Gomer left Hosea and became the slave of one of her lovers....but Hosea continued to love her and was sent by God to redeem her as his wife.

Conclusion:
We look at this story with a lot of judgment and contempt toward Gomer....and feeling sorry for Hosea.  Hosea had to be a strong man because I can only imagine the ridicule that he suffered because of the actions of his wife.  But, we really shouldn't be so judgmental of Gomer....because....didn't God do the very same thing for us?  
He sent His One and Only Son as our Redeemer!!!
Romans 5:8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

7 comments:

  1. that is very timely!! for me and my friends!! thank you!! we are all certainly just like Gomer and the husband is such a beautiful example of Jesus!! what a Good, Loving, Merciful Father we have!!

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  2. Wow. I don't know what to say. I had never heard this story before. I always thought Gomer was a man. I love your conclusion. Very thought provoking.

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  3. The bible speaks of a woman that delivers Rev 12:5, 13 the word John 1:1 to the world at the heel of time Gen 3:15 she exposes Satans lies to the world Rev 12:9. The world is no longer deceived, check it out at http://minigoodtale.blogspot.com

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  4. Thank you for sharing about Gomer. It's one of my favorite stories. It's the most amazing picture of God's love...and a faithful servant willing to have his heart broken to be used by God. I don't know that I could do it!

    Love this post, Deb.

    xo
    Donna

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  5. THANKS sooo much for the weight loss journey...
    I am inspired! Need to cut carbs too...

    I lost it all once before...like you
    Now starting again after having twins!!!

    Blessings
    WFW

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  6. i love that story!! just shows us how much GOD loves everyone!!!

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  7. I was inspired...still trying to pull it together=) thanks again..

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