Reading in Hosea 3-4, Gomer left Hosea and became an adulteress. In order for Hosea to live with her again, Gomer had to stop being a prostitute and being intimate with other men (v. 3). This type of reunion depicts God’s relationship with Israel as the people would live for many days without a king or prince. Afterwards the Israelites would return; seek the Lord their God and His blessings (v. 5).
Within this passage, we are given an indictment towards Israel and the reason for their suffering. There was murder, adultery, and stealing throughout the land. The leaders gave the people the wrong incentives that promoted sinfulness. Instead of instructing the people towards dependence on God and morality, they led them towards idolatry and immorality.
The more the people sinned, the more the priest received because a sin offering was given to the priest (v. 7). The incentives were upside down much like the incentives are upside down in societies throughout our world today. Think about it, governments are going into tremendous debt throughout the world because they manipulate interest rates to try and stimulate the economy. They also give more incentives to negative behavior rather than to positive behavior.
What’s the cure? Certainly not government. I submit that the cure is God’s grace. Once received, one can gain wisdom to live the way life is meant to be lived. Lord, we come to You today asking for Your forgiveness and accepting Your grace. Without You, our days ahead would look bleak but with You, every trial we go through adds wisdom and every challenge brings triumph. In Jesus name we pray. Amen