She was a temple priestess, a young girl lured by an age-old, pagan religion to give herself to a man who was worshiped as a god. In ancient Isreal, lulled by ease and comfort and peace, Gomer was honored by many for her faithfulness to the old earth gods - but not by one man whose love she desperately needed. — Hosea dared to stand against evil,... more » and evil that threatened to utterly distroy the nation. In the croweded, greed-riven marketplace, amid the shame and degradation of the slave auction, he spoke with the quick-burning voice of God: "You men consort with temple prostitutes, and your rulers love shamful ways. You have sown the wind - and you will reap the whirlwind!"
And he was scorned, mocked as a hypocrite for all Israel knew - Hosea himself was bound by an endless, aching love for Gomer, the pagan priestess.