Gomer will be lost (Hos 2:6-2:7)

“Therefore,

I will hedge up

Her way

With thorns.

I will build a wall

Against her,

So that she cannot find

Her paths.

She shall pursue

Her lovers,

But not overtake them.

She shall seek them,

But shall not find them.

Then she shall say.

‘I will go.

I will return

To my first husband.

It was better

With me then

Than now.’”

The prophet Hosea was going to make it difficult for Gomer. He was going to build a wall of hedges around her. Then, she would not be able to follow her paths. She might want to pursue her lovers, but she would not be able to reach them. She would go looking for them, but not find them. Finally, she would say, maybe I should return to my first husband. I was better off then with him. Once again, Gomer was a symbol of the lost Israel, seeking the Baal gods, but finally deciding to come home to Yahweh, their first husband.

The search for Elijah (2 Kings 2:15-2:18)

“When the company of prophets who were at Jericho saw him at a distance, they declared. ‘The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.’ They came to meet him. They bowed to the ground before him. They said to him. ‘See now, we have fifty strong men among your servants. Please let them go and seek your master. It may be that the Spirit of Yahweh has caught him up and thrown him down on some mountain or into some valley.’ He responded. ‘No, do not send them.’ But when they urged him until he was ashamed, he said. ‘Send them.’ They sent therefore fifty men. They searched for three days but did not find him. When they came back to him, since he had remained at Jericho, he said to them. ‘Did I not say to you, do not go?’”

The company of prophets at Jericho realized that the spirit of Elijah was upon Elisha. However, they were afraid that Elijah had been taken up and thrown into some mountain or valley. However, Elisha said that there was no need for that since he had seen Elijah taken up in the fiery chariot. After some badgering, he agreed to let 50 prophets look for him. After 3 days of searching without results, he simply said, I told you so. Clearly Elisha has taken Elijah’s place as the chief prophet of Israel.