devotional post # 2100
Hos 3:1 And Yahveh said to me, “Go complete the circle, show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, just like Yahveh loves the children of Israel, even though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.”
Hos 3:2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley.
Hos 3:3 And I said to her, “You must live as mine for many days. You will not be promiscuous, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.”
Hos 3:4 Because the children of Israel will live days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods.
Hos 3:5 Afterward the children of Israel will return and seek Yahveh their God, and David their king, and they will come in fear to Yahveh and to his goodness in the final days.
Hosea is instructed to buy back his wife, who had fallen back into prostitution. He redeems her for a small price, and restores her to her home and family. But she is on probation. She has to abstain for a period of time. She is being used as an example, to prophecy to Israel that they would go into exile, and would put away their idolatry during this time. In the final days, Israel will return to God on his terms — they will fear him again, and he will be good to them again.
LORD, dig deep into our hearts and lives, and show us the vestiges of idolatry and double-mindedness that we need to abandon. We wait for your love again.