God is always calling His wayward children home. Even though His bride, Israel, had forsaken her vows and had prostituted herself, God’s everlasting love wanted her back. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been gone. It doesn’t matter how bad we’ve been. God’s love has 23 faithful lovenever diminished. All of His words and actions are designed to bring us home. But, unfortunately like Israel, we often move further away instead of being drawn near. God indicts His bride with this thought in Jeremiah 2:33. He says, “How well you direct your course to seek love! So that even to wicked women you have taught your ways.” Willis explains this verse well, “She has failed miserably as a wife, but she has excelled as a prostitute. How skilled you are at pursuing love! She is the expert; she has ‘written the book’ on how to be promiscuous. She is the one who will be interviewed on the TV talk shows to give the most sought after advice regarding this topic, because even the worst of women can learn from your ways.”[1]

Like Gomer in the book of Hosea, Israel had become the expert prostitute. Hosea 2:13 says that in her promiscuous expertise she “…adorned herself with her ring and jewelry, and went after her lovers and forgot me, declares the LORD.” Guenther observes, “Apparently the unfaithful wife bejeweled herself with a nose ring (before her face) and a necklace or pendant (between her breasts) before committing adultery.” He goes on to observe that this jewelry were either prostitute symbols or jewelry used in the worship of Baal.[2]

But no matter how unfaithful His wife was, God’s love pursued her and always attempted to draw her affections back to Himself. This was even the case in the dire situation with Hosea and Gomer. Hosea 2:14 continues God’s comments to his unfaithful wife, “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.” The most popular subject of the Psalms is God’s everlasting love. For example Psalm 146:5-6 says, “Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He remains faithful forever.”

[1] Timothy M. Willis, Jeremiah/Lamentations, College Press NIV Commentary (Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 2002), 49.

[2] Allen R. Guenther, Hosea, Amos, Believers Church Bible Commentary (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1998), 58.