What evidence do you find:
(a) that at the time of his marriage Hosea was alley conscious of his prophetic calling, and did all things, including his marriage, with his eyes on the Lord;
(b) that he was not ware, when he married Gomer, that she wold prove unfaithful; and
(c) that on looking back later on the whole matter, he recognized that God had brought him through this bitter experience in order that he might understand what Israel’s unfaithfulness meant to God?
What ought we to learn from such a record? Cf. Gen.50:20.
Gomer, having proved unfaithful, appears to have forsaken Hosea and sunk to the position of a slave. Hosea, loving her still, redeemed her, but placed her for a time under discipline. How does the prophet use this to illustrate God’ love and Israel’s future?