Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for Gomer

Women of the Bible from A to Z series

“So Hosea married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, 
and she became pregnant and gave birth to Hosea's son.” Hosea 1:3 ncv

Gomer is the only woman in the Bible whose name begins with “G.” What can I say about a woman with a name I associate with a modern day simpleminded, tenderhearted, country boy known as Gomer Pyle?

Well, she is found in the small book of Hosea. Verse three above tells us she is a daughter, wife, and mother, but verse two says so much more.

“When the Lord began speaking through Hosea, the Lord said to him, "Go, and marry an unfaithful woman and have unfaithful children, because the people in this country have been completely unfaithful to the Lord."

Whoa…God commands him to do what? 

Yes;  Gomer is an unfaithful woman. [The King James Version says, “Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.”

Verses 4-8 give the names and significance of their children’s names in relationship to the condition of Israel’s and Judah’s people.
-          Son, Jezreel, means “God plants”
-          Daughter, Lo-ruhamah, means “not pitied”
-          Son, Lo-ammi, means “not my people”

For a better understanding of Gomer and the role she played in Israel’s history, read the three chapter book of Hosea which follows Daniel.

With that said, God used Gomer, an unfaithful woman, for His purpose despite her reputation...just as He can use us regardless of our pasts and faults.

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