In the last chapter of Hosea there was a verse about stripping your mother naked. Seriously. Really seriously! LOL! What will this chapter bring? Let’s find out.
“The Lord said to me, ‘Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lordloves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.’” – Hosea 3:1
To start, this is once again an attack on women. Men are allowed to have multiple wives all the time in the Bible, but once a woman seeks love, all bets are off. And ‘love the sacred raisin cakes’??? Um…I looked and someone really needs to add this to Urban Dictionary!!!
“So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, ‘You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.’” – Hosea 3:2-3
Wow! God tells Hosea to love his wife and Hosea gives her some shekels and barley!?!!?! And then commands her what to do. Wow. Hosea is the definition of a privileged male. Thinks he can just buy a woman off.
Here’s one word to describe this chapter. Misogynistic.
Coming Soon: Hosea – Chapter 4: The Charge Against Israel