Hosea Commanded to Marry a Whore

Hos 1:2 When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.”

God’s command sounds bizarre. Notice the reason is given. God is not a man that He should keep His plans a secret. Hosea is put into the difficult position of literally demonstrating God’s relationship with His people. Hosea’s marriage to an unfaithful wife serves as a pointed example of God’s relationship with unfaithful Israel. The image of sexual sin vividly illustrates God’s view of idolatry and general defilement of holiness by a people who are unfaithful and refuse to know God as intimately as a faithful marriage partner.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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3 Responses to Hosea Commanded to Marry a Whore

  1. Lance,

    Yes this metaphor is profound for the bondage of human sin and its rejection and inability toward God!

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