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Gomer: “complete, vanishing”
We can find Gomer’s story in Hosea. She was not a pure woman. She was a lady of the night. She was married to Hosea, but loved other men. Hosea had to buy her back from another man. Gomer was loved by one man, but still had to go out and find “love” with other men. She had no idea how much she was loved by her husband.
Hosea 1:2- ~ The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord. So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
Hosea 3:1-3 ~ Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.
I recommend this movie about Hosea and Gomer (click on picture for link):
We find Gideon’s story in Judges. He was the fifth judge of Israel. During his time, the people were doing evil in the sight of the Lord. The Midianites would come and take things from the people of Israel and push them away from the land that the Lord had given them. The Lord sent an angel to Gideon and told him that he needed to save his people from the Midianites. Gideon questioned God and told Him he couldn’t do it, but God told him He would be with him. After some time, Gideon had a large army, but God told him he had too many. God told Gideon to do some tests on the men and eventually, Gideon had only 300 men left in his army. He took his man down to the Midianites camp during the night and told them not to do anything until he gave the sign. He and his men circled the camp and Gideon said “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon.” And all the men in the army started breaking pitchers and blowing trumpets. The Midianites were scared and ran off. Gideon was one of the best judges in Israel.
Judges 7:7-8 ~ And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
Judges 7:18 ~ When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.
Judges 8:22-23 ~ Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the Lord shall rule over you.
Be sure to check out my A-F posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
I’m linking up with Annette and Amanda.