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Why would God ask Hosea to marry a prostitute?


When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.  Hosea 1:2
The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” Hosea 3:1
            God was not approving prostitution through this request.  God was showing his disapproval towards the people worshiping idols and other gods.
            God compared the people’s disobedience to Commandment #1 (No other gods before him) as prostitution, saying it was spiritual adultery.  So he asked Hosea to marry a prostitute who would later be unfaithful to him.  God wanted the people to see how that played out before people’s eyes.
            The people probably questioned, “Why would Hosea marry a prostitute?” just as God would say, “Why would the people love another god besides me?”
            When Gomer, the prostitute, got into debt and was sold to another master, Hosea bought her out of prostitution, just as God saves us out of prostitution to other gods by buying us back through the blood of Jesus.