Dave Burnette's Commentary

Hosea Chapter 3

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Hosea
Date Penned: BC 715 (Covering Events BC 753-715)
Overview: Hosea's Wayward Wife (c 1-3)
Theme: Hosea's Faithfulness in a Broken Relationship (c 1-3)
Message: Hosea is reconciled to his Wife (v 1-5) 

Hosea: Chapter 3 Commentary    

(3:1) God is asking Hosea to do something almost unthinkable, to buy back his adulterous, unrepentant wife, and continue to love her. When those who knew about Gomer's adultery heard Hosea say that God loved the idolatrous Israel as much as he loved Gomer they must have been amazed. The people had heard God's words man times, but they felt the impact of those words when they saw them acted out in Hosea's troubled home life. Hosea may be talking about the whole nation of both Judah and Israel. This short chapter pictures the nations's exile and return. Israel would experience a time of purification in a foreign land, but God would still lobe the people and would be willing to accept them back. He commanded Hosea to show the same forgiving spirit to Gomer. Although Hosea had good reason to divorce her, he was told to buy her back and love her.

(3:2) Gomer apparently was on her own for a while Needing to support herself, she must have either sold herself into slavery or become the mistress of another man. In either case, Hoseahad to pay to get her back, although the required amount was pitifully small. Gomer was no longer worth much to anyone except Hosea, but he loved her just as God loved Israel. No matter how low we sink, God is willing to "buy us back", to redeem us, and to lift us up aain.

(3:3) After this, Gomer is no longer mentioned by Hosea. This is explained in verse 4. Gomer's isolation showed how God would deal with the Northern Kingdom. It is dangerous to rebel against God if he were ever to withdraw his love and mercy we would be without hope.

(3:4,5) The Northern Kingdom rebelled against David's dynasty and took Jeroboam as their king found in 1 Kings chapter 12,13. Their rebellion was both political and religious. At that time, they reverted back to the worship of the Golden Idols. "David theri King" refers to the time of Messiah's rule when all people will stand before him in humility and submission. Those who won't accept his blessings now will face his power and judgement later. How much better to love and follow him now than face his angry judgement later.


Dave Burnette's Life Application



Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Hosea with Chapter 3. In our text today we see Hosea is reconciled to his wife after going out and purchasing her from her adulterous condition. In making application we see a picture of how Jesus-Christ redeemed us as He paid the price for us as we were in a lost condition. How about you? Do you see how Jesus paid the price so you could be reconciled to a Holy God? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Hosea and His wife Gomer who was unfaithful but Hosea sought after her and bought her in her sinful condition showing us a picture of redemption.


Hosea 3

Hosea 3

 1Then 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.

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

 3And 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.

 4For 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:

 5Afterward 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.