By Pastor John Mateos Ong
Hosea is a minor prophet not because he is any less important than the other prophets who performed miracles and prophesied over others but because his book is short, only 14 chapters long. Do you want to be a prophet and be used by the Lord knowing what the Lord is calling you to do and be? It’s not easy to become one. God has a lot of assignments for them, great ones from God himself. But Hosea? He did not perform any miracles. He did not have to speak it. He had to live it because he was the miracle himself.
In Hosea 1, God asked Hosea to marry a prostitute. Wait, what? Prophets are supposed to be holy and godly. How can Hosea represent God if he marries a prostitute? But Hosea obeyed and married Gomer. If you were Hosea, and you were following the Lord, will you think you heard the Lord right? But Hosea and Gomer bore children namely Jezreel meaning God will sow,
Lo’Ruhamah, meaning not loved, and Lo’Ami meaning not my people. These names show God’s feelings toward Israel.
One day when Hosea woke up, Gomer was gone. She went back to her evil ways. But God asked him to go after her and woo her back, just like how God is still wooing Israel. He wanted to use Hosea to show Israel how He feels about them. When Hosea saw Gomer, he did not get angry. He bought her back for 15 pieces of silver and 150 kilos of barley for a lifetime. You probably think that Hosea was out of his mind. Why would you buy something that was yours in the first place?
Why 15 pieces of silver and 150 kilos of barley? 15 is a product of 3 and 5. When I researched, 5 means grace. Grace is something that you do not deserve. And the number 3 is divine perfection. So the number 15 is a symbol of divine grace. How heavy do you think that is? How heavy do you think the cross of Jesus is? The cross is 300 pounds, which is approximately equivalent to 150 kilos.