Are you surprised that she left like she did? I mean, she was a floozy before they got married, you know.

Of course she was, but don’t act like you weren’t the town bicycle for a while before you finally settled down. Personally, I feel bad for Hosea. He doesn’t deserve to be treated that way. He offered her so much more than any of those other jerks in town ever wanted to.

I think he’s ridiculous. He should have known better. And you leave me out of this. Can you believe he took her back? She was legitimately a prostitute this time around! She just gave it away before they got married, but she had a line going out the hotel door not three weeks ago! I hope she didn’t give him a disease. Regardless, he’s not fit to be a prophet and this scandal proves it. 

You act like it’s his fault she ran out on him and the kids! She’s responsible for her own actions.

It probably is his fault. I bet he beats her. Or he’s a drunk. Maybe he doesn’t put out for some weird reason and that’s why she had to go looking in other places. And you know he’s got to be crazy. He thinks he speaks for God, but really, he just wants to control us and get us to live by his ridiculous standards- too bad they failed, eh?

Wow. You really think that? He’s good to his kids and he treats her so well, too. Get over it. This crap happens. Besides, they’re back together now. I think she finally understands that no other man is going to take care of her like that.

She doesn’t deserve it either. I think I’m going to petition for a new prophet. Can we do that? I bet I could coerce Yahweh into replacing him, I’ll just have to fast and pray about it for a few weeks. It almost always works.

When was the last time you listened to Hosea preach? He’s been comparing Gomer to Israel from the start. He..

Compares himself to God, I heard that. It doesn’t bother you at all? I think it’s the most pompous notion in the world!

He’s illustrating God’s love and forgiveness. I need to go, I’m sure I hear one of my kids calling me and I left some stuff on the stove or whatever.

I’ll be over in the morning, I’m not done with this conversation!

Umm, I won’t be there. I’ve got this… thing. Bye now!

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Sometimes, it’s hard to recognize God’s part in day-to-day happenings, especially when you don’t want to see what he’s doing.  Not that any of us are ever there, right? Does Hosea’s story ring true with you, or does it just make you worry about marriage, like it does me?