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Bring up love while facing each other

Hosea 3F1-5
‡T Peter 4F7-9
‡T Love of a prophet

@Prophet Hosea was said from God thus, "Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry;", and he took over Gomel who was a medium of Bethel of the Northern Kingdom, a shrine prostitute. Perhaps he would expiate her with a lot of money. I tried to think about that state last week from Chapter 1, but this prophet who married her was a symbol to show the relations of Israel and God. While God puts Israel on top of one another in Gomel, He loves her, however, He accuses that crime and does condemnation. I feel a scathing pain of Hosea who is going to pass on such a message of God faithfully.

@Hosea would love Gomel heartily whom he married, but she still gave her heart and soul to God of Cannan / Baal. In Chapter 2, such Gomel and his thought to God seem to be put. I want to try to put up some points that I have read so and remembered. "For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the oil, and lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal." (2:8) "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, bring her into the wilderness, and speak kindly to her. Then I will give her her vineyards from there," (2:14-15) "And I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, and I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord." (2:19-20)

@This morning, I want to try to focus on love of Hosea and Gomel once again from Chapter 3. God said to Hosea. "Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes." (1)@It is said by ŒûŒê–ó thus, "love a woman who is loved by adulterers, a woman who performs a fornication", and it seems to make sense. Gomel betrayed love of Hosea and she left three children of husband and would leave a house. There is it with "again"; perhaps it would be repeated twice or three times, and it will be said that she could not forget Baal and came back to a shrine prostitute. God told Hosea, he puts such her on Israel, and tells about Gomel as warning to them; but here, it is felt that Hoshea is telling putting his thought more than it.

‡U With love and a pain

@There are two articles that such a pain of Hosea is felt. At first, there is it with that "So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley."(2). It is thought that Gomel has been sent back to a shrine prostitute with selling her body. It would be not so much money, but it may have gone over to Hosea for three children. Hoshea was going to buy her back, but, about his social position, bibliologists think whether he was not an agriculturalist or bread manufacturers. He does not seem to have been a prophet receiving a support from a prophet group, and, same as Amos, it seems that his financial life would be not rich. It is supposed that he paid money for her in Chapter 1, but it is imagined that the priest of Baal demanded a large amount of money for taking care of Gomel who is a possession of a shrine. Hosea who managed to raise such a money from the inside that was not rich might not afford to buy her back once again. But, he paid silver 15 shequel for demanded silver 30 shequel again, and paid half in barley.

@This is a price of slave alone. In these 30 pieces of silver, we feel Jesus. And this is my imagination, but, the only money that she sold herself would be included in that cash, I think. From one and a half homer barley, it lets us imagine that he performed activity as a prophet while remaining in a place of his life. While usually working, he went to the holy place Bethel, it was just a stone's throw with Ephraim, and he would tell a message of God to the people gathered. He had to tell about his home to the people who knew Gomel because it was near. But, because his love and pain were true, he might tell such much shame for him.

‡V Bring up love while facing each other

@And one more thing, an article letting us feel his pain is Verse 3. He said to Gomel whom he took back. "You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so I will also be toward you." It seems that he demanded, "You should do only housework for a while, and must not pay more attention about others". It would be a period of patience for her strictly; and Hosea would understand her hotness, too. It is thought that he also stayed in the house for a long time to know and share her hotness and to admonish and teach and lead her. Now, Hosea is going to contact with Gomel in the same way as God being going to touch to Israel so seriously. The Northern Kingdom put on top of her is ruined before long by an army of Assyria. However, Hosea is not going to touch about Gomel of the later. He loved her heartily, and, in days of the prayer they suffered together, will it be an error to imagine that she recovered herself?

@It would be a really long period. He added it as a thing of Israel, not his wife, in this way. "For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or house-hold idles." (4) The period when it cannot find a hope, it would be an awful, hard continuation and pains for a long time, for him and Gomel. However, he continued believing recovery by a blessing of God. There is it with, "Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness in the last days." (5). He continued praying for Gomel which still became a captive of Baal while continuing conversation with Gomel. And, in an end of long patience, he would be able to see the sign of recovery of Gomel, even if it is dim.

@This is my thought and must distinguish it from a message of a prophet known from here. The reason is because I watch a deep suffering of Hosea in this point. It would be certain that he loved Gomel. He put all energy and loved her after having bought her back for the second time, and decided it to get rid of her misfortune. Would love to love Hosea in her begin to grow up? However, when if love deepens, to deepen, the pain which is called "Lack and fragility of love" is heated and gets nervous to him and it comes to face his love, and it brought up him to the faith expecting only "the blessing of the Lord". This is an impression from my experience of past several years.