“I’ve been set free. My God, my Savior, has ransomed me.” Chris Tomlin
“So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley.” Hosea 3:2
The story of Hosea and Gomer is bittersweet and hard to swallow… at first. It ends with wonderful promises and great rejoicing but not until this couple has scraped the very bottom of the very bottom. If you’ve never read Hosea (a smallish book near the end of the Old Testament, stuck in the middle of a bunch of other prophet names), do so, but go in with your heart open to what the Lord would whisper to you about your relationship with Him.
The Book of Hosea is about a man whom God uses as an object lesson to demonstrate His own unconditional love for His unfaithful and adulterous people. Hosea is told to take as a wife a faithless woman and then to take her back again and again, even when she freely and publicly shares herself and all the things Hosea has gifted to her with her lovers. When he can take it no longer, he turns her loose… and she falls so low that her only alternative is to sell herself into slavery.
God goes once more to Hosea: “Then the Lord said to me, ‘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.” (3:1)
In a crazy act of unconditional love, Hosea hunts down his wife and finds her stripped and shorn, proud head no longer held high, arms tied to the auctioneer’s block, and he ransoms her, paying full price for his own wife.
Just like Jesus did for me.
And because He paid full price for me, His faithless bride, purchasing me from the slave-block to which I was chained, I am free.
My chains are gone. I am free. I am free.
How sweet the sound of His voice as He whispers to me, “My beloved, my beauty, my bride.”
Have you heard His voice whispering to you today?