Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14)
“for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.” (Deuteronomy 6:15)
Sometimes the New King James Version (NKJV) can be a little more confusing to read with all the Old English language, but for this section it made a little more sense to me. That’s one reason why I like having a couple different translations in the house. I also have every translation on my phone (YouVersion Bible app) which is handy! Chapter 2 is God’s indictment of Israel for her unfaithfulness to Him. This is the point where Gomer represents the Israelites. “Say to your brothers, ‘My people,’ And to your sisters, “My loved one.” (v1) These are the meanings of the names of Gomer’s children with the negatives associations (“not my people” and “not loved.”) “Bring charges against your mother, bring charges; For she is not My wife, nor am I her husband!” (v2) God continues to analogy of Gomer and Israel stating that “she is not My wife.” The marriage was broken by unfaithfulness. “I will not have mercy on her children, For they are the children of harlotry.” (v4) Our God does not tolerate the sin of worshiping other gods.
“For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my linen, My oil and my drink.” (v5) This is Gomer chasing after other men outside of marriage which symbolizes the Israelites worshiping other gods for their crops and agriculture. She doesn’t realize the True Supplier of her blessings. “She will chase her lovers, But not overtake them; Yes, she will seek them, but not find them.” (v7) This verse is particularly painful for me to read. I can remember in my life before I knew Jesus, just trying to find happiness to anything and everything but never being content. Just looking for something to fulfill me. Nothing did. The constant emptiness in things. My soul longed for something that nothing on this Earth would be able to fill. The thought of a life of chasing and seeking but never finding is gut-wrenching. “Therefore I will return and take away My grain in its time and My new wine in its season, And will take back My wool and My linen, Given to cover her nakedness.”(v10) God is punishing Israel for her unfaithfulness. By withholding the fruits of the fields and the flocks, the Lord made known that He was the True Source of all of those blessings. “I will punish her for the days of the Baals to which she burned incense. She decked herself out with her earrings and jewelry, and went after her lovers; but Me she forgot,” says the Lord. (v13) Israel will be punished for the times of worshiping other gods (burning incense to Baal). The unfaithful wife gets all dressed up for other men and goes after other lovers… but she forgets her husband. Israel forgets about the One True God.We serve a jealous God who does not tolerate the worshiping of idols. Let us not chase after other lovers: only our One True Love.