Hosea 3 is a short yet powerful chapter that continues the symbolic narrative of Hosea and Gomer. God commands Hosea to love Gomer again, despite her unfaithfulness, as an illustration of God's love for the Israelites. Hosea buys Gomer back, symbolizing God's redemption of Israel from sin and idolatry. This act demonstrates the depth of God's love and his willingness to redeem his people, regardless of their betrayal. The chapter also speaks of the Israelites being without a king or sacrifice for many days, signifying a period of exile and separation from God. However, it ends with a promise of the Israelites returning to seek the Lord and David their king, indicating a future restoration and revival. This chapter is significant for its portrayal of God's unconditional love and grace, emphasizing the theme of redemption and reconciliation. It encapsulates the essence of the book of Hosea: God's persistent love and commitment to His people, despite their repeated disobedience and betrayal.

Hosea 3

1  Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.

2  So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:

3  And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.

4  For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:

5  Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

End of Hosea 3

1 Year Plan:  Dec 2 - Hos 3, Hos 4, Hos 5,  Rev 1

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