ONFS, Graphite on Paper, Each drawing is 20.5 cm x 27.5 cm (8″ x 11″), Prints Available
In the book of Hosea, God tells Hosea the prophet to marry Gomer, a prostitute. This allegorically represented the spiritually adulterous relationship Israel had with God. Just as Gomer runs after her lovers and eventually ends up a slave, so Israel runs after idols and false gods and ends up enslaved in sin. At this point, God tells Hosea to buy Gomer back from slavery and to once again show his love to her.
This is a picture of God’s immense love for Israel (and also, allegorically, for Christians, who are also called “his people”-–Romans 9-11) as God takes her back, loves her again and forgives her even though she has prostituted herself with other gods. The book of Hosea is somewhat of an Old Testament version of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 (See “The Prodigal Son” (Events of The Bible Series)).
Hosea 1 (left panel)
“She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,’…Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.” (Hosea 2:5-7)
Hosea 2 (central panel)
“Therefore I am going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor [trouble] a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt…” (Hosea 2:14-15)