How the story of Gomer shows redemption

Tuesday’s Woman of the Bible: Gomer


Do you sometimes feel absolutely unworthy? As if your past, or present, is so bad that you simply can’t be forgiven? I’ve been there and it’s no picnic. However, God loves us unconditionally. And, no matter how bad or past, or present, is, Jesus redeemed us all. Let’s look at the story of Gomer.

The name ‘Gomer’ means completion. This can be taken in many ways, but Gomer was ‘complete’ in her wickedness. She was an idolater and adulterer. In the books of Hosea, God commands Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman. Hosea chooses Gomer. Together, they have three children. However, being a married mother of three did not deliver Gomer from her sinful ways.

Gomer left Hosea and went back to her old ways. Eventually, she was so deeply in debt that she was being auctioned. God told Hosea to go and love his wife. (Hosea 3:1) Hosea paid for her freedom; he redeemed her. He then told her to come home, saying she was no longer to be an adulterer. Hosea also told his wife that he would be faithful to her as well.

The prophet Hosea’s life was a parallel experience of the Israelites. They’d turned to wickedness; worshipping false idols and performing other acts of ungodliness. But, the Israelites will return to seek God.

In the same way, we are a lost people. We also perform numerous sinful acts. But, just as Hosea redeemed Gomer, Jesus redeemed us. He died on the cross to repay our debt. Without His sacrifice, we’d be bound for hell. He is now telling us to return home and remain faithful. He promises to remain faithful to us as well.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9

Have a blessed day



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