In our study of Hosea chapter three, we look at how God used this man to demonstrate His love to His people. That is the same type of love that He extends to us.
"The Lord said to me, 'Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.'" NIV translation
Even after his wife has abandoned him and the kids, God sends him to get her and show her love. God is using Hosea as an example for His people and a demonstration of His love and faithfulness. God's people had turned to other things and so committed spiritual adultery and yet He still loved them.
We have to admit that all of us, before we came to Christ were adulterers in this way. Even so, there are many in the "church" today who continue to live in this form of adultery as they show up to worship one day a week but the rest of the time is spent in pursuit of other gods such as money, fame, and even family. The good news is that God still loves us and wants us to truly fall in love with Him.
"So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley." NIV translation
Hosea went and paid about six ounces of silver and ten bushels of barley for Gomer. This was the price to free her and it reminds us that this woman probably wasn't worth that as she had ran off and even abandoned her children. It also is a reminder of the price that Jesus paid to free us from our own bondage and we did not deserve it either.
"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 live with you.'" NIV translation
Hosea told Gomer that she was to give up her old ways and that he would live with her. This is a picture of our relationship with Jesus Christ as, when we are called to Him, we are to put off our old self (see Colossians 3).
"For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol." NIV translation
This prophecy is still unfolding even today as Israel does not have a king or a temple. Many have said that this time came to an end with the establishment of the nation of Israel but that is not so because they still do not have the temple.
"Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days." NIV translation
This verse looks forward to the time described in Revelation chapters 11 through 20. During this time there will be great trials and witnesses to God's power and grace. Many Jews will accept Jesus as the Son of God and the Messiah that was to come. At the end of this time, will be a period of one thousand years when they will reign on earth with Jesus Christ who was from the family line of King David.