Hos 3:1 And the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.”
YHWH spoke to Hosea with this command. This verse echoes the command given in Hos 1:2 for Hosea to marry a whore. Just as it was explained in the first chapter, this particular union was to be symbolic of God’s relationship with unfaithful Israel. From the collapse of the unified Kingdom of Israel when Solomon died, all of the kings of the Northern Kingdom (Israel) practiced idolatry until the nation was destroyed by Assyria. YHWH still loved his people even though they kept false gods among them and were greedy for personal gain. Hosea was to serve as an example of God’s plan. Some people use these first chapters of Hosea to justify requiring people to remain in marriages with unfaithful or abusive partners. Hosea provides a visible demonstration of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. While divorce is hated by God, adultery and abuse are also hated. Hosea was used as an example of God’s character and His plan – not to say abuse, neglect or adultery are acceptable and not to say victims of such must remain in those conditions.