Prophet that married a prostitute
Redeeming Love by Francine RiversCalifornia’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael Hosea obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance her frozen heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does…the One who will never let her go. A life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
It’s a Mixed Marriage. He’s a Prophet. She’s a Prostitute.
I think the following article gives a pretty good summary answer. First, it is unclear whether she was already a prostitute before he married her or if her unfaithfulness occurred only after marriage. I think it is also important to remember that Jesus became sin for us on the cross. God is willing to become messy in order to redeem us. Thank you, SeanO. I really love how you included the gospel at the end of your comment. The same question has been bothering me for these few days after reading Hosea as part of my plan to read entire books in the Bible.
What would you think if you heard one day that a pastor you know had walked into the local red light district and proposed to one of the women working as an escort, and on top of that, claimed that God had ordained it? Not to in any way de-value the worth of a prostitute, but it would be something other-worldly and the very last thing we would expect. As crazy as the idea might sound, that's exactly what the Lord commanded to the Prophet Hosea in the Bible. Why would God command a righteous prophet to take a prostitute named Gomer for a wife only to be cheated on by her? Doesn't God want marriages to be pure and to be a delight? This is where we truly understand the ways of God as being higher and greater than anything.
Further, addiction is technically understood as a behavior that requires some form of community intervention to interrupt and alter it. Thus the spouse addicted to gambling will be unable to stop draining family assets without the intervention of a pastor, a boss, or a court decision. Further, the solution that the Lord proposes is one that foreshadows contemporary advice regarding the breaking of addictions. If Gomer has received significant attention from scholars, Hosea himself is not far behind. Recent commentators categorically deny this interpretation.
The life and times of the Prophet Hosea. He spoke forth the word of the LORD , and applied that word to his life, and to the people and circumstances around him. Hosea was a man, but he was a man God used to speak through.
sayings about growth and change
Promise of Faithfulness
A young couple were on their way to get married when they had a tragic accident. The next thing they knew, they were standing arm-in-arm at the pearly gates. They told St. Peter what had happened and then said, "We really want to spend eternity as man and wife. Is there anyone here who can marry us before we go in? Peter finally came back with a minister to perform the ceremony.