Last week when we were looking at Hosea purchasing his unfaithful wife (I hate her name!) from the slave market I mentioned the price he paid was equivalent to that of a dead slave.

Since that message I have had a few comments like, “Why would any one buy a dead slave?” I admit fuller explanation is needed!

In Exodus 21:32, as the law is being explained to the nation of Israel, there is this verse, “If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall give his or her master thirty shekels of silver and the ox shall be stoned.” (For the sake of clarity, keep in mind that being “stoned” in the context of this verse has nothing to do with anything one would inhale or otherwise ingest!)

So the price Hosea paid for his wife was the price that a slave owner would be paid as reimbursement for a slave that was killed by a bull. The point I was trying to make was that though alive, Gomer only fetched the price one would recieve for a slave that had been killed. The price paid for Gomer signified the value others placed on her — she was as good as dead. Yet, here was a man buying her not as a slave but as a wife! Can you imagine the talk on the street!

Any more questions?

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