Hos 2:2 “Plead with your mother, plead— for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband— that she put away her whoring from her face, and her adultery from between her breasts;
There is a call to God’s children to plead with their “mother,” Israel. Here the nation is seen as distinct from its people. The family imagery accurately illustrates the situation while at the same time communicating powerful instructions. The king is the representative of the people much the way a mother represents her children. The king exercises dominion over his people just as a mother maintains control of her children in her home. Where mother leads, children typically follow. In this case the mother is “whoring.” Sexual sin is symbolic of idolatry. An adulterer is unfaithful to their spouse in much the same way an idolater is unfaithful to God. Like a father stepping in when the mother is out of line, God is warning the people, His children, that they must confront their government leaders and demand repentance for the idols they erected and worshipped. In contemporary application, as individual believers we are called to a personal relationship with God and we are directed to defy false and syncretistic doctrine in the guise of Christianity and the Church.