Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the Day

Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the Day October 18, 2012

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.”

Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Hosea (Hosea 1:2-9).

When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

And the Lord said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

She conceived again and bore a daughter. Then the Lord said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have pity on the house of Israel or forgive them. But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God; I will not save them by bow, or by sword, or by war, or by horses, or by horsemen.”

When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said, “Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and I am not your God.”

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  • JustoneK

    Apparently I have never made a full reading of Hosea, cuz this is the first time I’ve seen that and DAMN that is harsh.

  • lovecomesfromlife

    I think my favorite part of this series is that people who might be googling Chik-fil-A for other reasons will come across this instead. And what can they complain about?  These are biblical families!  

  • Nirrti

    I think I said this in another post, but the bible god seems more and more like a deadbeat dad off of Maury Povich than a supreme, omnipotent being. One minute, he’s your god (dad), the next minute, he does backsies on the whole thing.

    And then poor Gomer! It’s one thing to get slut-shamed by a bunch of dude-bros. But to have the almighty call you a “ho”? That had to bite.


  • Vass

    Or to make it more colloquial, God told Hosea to name his kids Unloved and Bastard.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Loruhama. What a name…

    What d’you imagine they shortened that to? 

  • PandaRosa

    What’s sad and interesting is that Hosea went along with the names.

  • Isabel C.

    Got to have been an interesting marriage proposal, too. 

  • Seraph4377

    It’s entirely possible he simply bought her from her pimp/brothel – he ends up doing that very thing in a later chapter.

  • Lori

    I’ve had people actually ask me why as a female the Bible never made me feel particularly loved by the Almighty. This story goes on the list of reasons why I just laughed and laughed. 

  • (O_O) Dayum. How do you argue universal salvation and love in light of God explicitly telling a person “you and all your descendants have suffered my humiliation conga and are ultimately not in any sense in my favor at ALL”?

  • AnonymousSam

    I’ve had people on this blog tell me that the Bible is a source of comfort, optimism and reassurance for women. Yeah, I never understood why either. The few crumbs the Bible tosses to women are, um, somewhat underwhelmingly spartan in their generousness. “Yes, your husband can and should lock you in an ivory tower and control your every move, but on the plus side, you can ask him questions about church. Afterward. Because speaking in church is a sin. For you, not for him, of course.”

    And then I’m told this was extremely progressive thinking for its time. Sure, I guess? But I don’t exactly look back on treatises from the 14th century giving serfs an extra crust of bread a month and feel all warm and glowy inside. I don’t see how being told, “Yes, I would take time from drinking my water to piss on you if you were on fire” should be a source of comfort and love. It more annoys me that “radical thinking for its time” is still well within the shadows of hatred and loathing.

  • thatotherjean

    I feel thoroughly sorry for Hosea.  He obeys God, marries a whore, names his children the wretched names that God tells him to, and then God announces that “. . . you are not my people  and I am not your God,” all because He’s ticked off at Israel, again.  Love and mercy, eh?

  • Because marrying a whore must be a bad thing? Why is that? There are no hints that she was not an excellent wife, and I’m sure their wedding night was a hell of a lot better than if he hadn’t married a whore.

    Hosea’s totally dicked over in this, but so is Diblaim, and she’s the one who risks her life to carry all these doomed children.

  • mud man

    What Seraph said, apparently he bought her at the local indentured-people market, attempting to force her into a life of virtue whether she liked it or not. “I will have mercy on No Mercy.” Harsh words for harsh times. It’s really an interesting story: if you could rescue people/the world against its own proclivities, would you be justified in doing so? … compare Jesus and the woman at the well. Same goal, better method?

  • Ian needs a nickname

    Here’s Hosea/Gomer’s marriage set to music: Pedro the Lion’s “Of Minor Prophets and their Prostitute Wives.”

  • thatotherjean

     Lliira, not because marrying a whore must be a bad thing,  and was likely far better for Gomer than staying a prostitute–although such a marriage was decidedly against the cultural mores of the era–only that Hosea did exactly what God told him to do, and God disowned him and his anyway.

  • Amaryllis

     It turns out that John “Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible” Piper has thought about their family evenings.

    Warning for really bad poetry and worse ideology:

    This night: Jezreel and Loammi,

    Hosea’s sons, and at his knee

    Loruhamah. The room was sweet

    With memories, and each replete

    With pleasure and with ample pain.

    … It was Hosea’s love.

    The children stood in wonder of

    The way he loved, and Gomer too.

    But this had not always been true.

    Hosea used to say, “It’s hard

    To be a seer, and prophet bard. ”

    “And children,” Gomer said with tears,

    “Mark this, the miracle of years.”

    She looked Hosea in the face

    And said, “Hosea, man of grace,

    Dark harlotry was in my blood,

    Until your love became a flood

    Cascading over my crude life

    And kept me as your only wife.

    I love the very ground you trod,

    And most of all I love your God.” 

    I mean, can’t you just see it?

    No, me neither.

  • mud man

    Right, being forced to have two children born to be objects of degradation is what every woman should have in her life. 

  • thatotherjean

     Well, no.  But the status of a wife was one heck of a lot better than that of a prostitute.

  • Joshua

    Because marrying a whore must be a bad thing? Why is that?

    Regardless of her qualities as a wife, I’d imagine there are were a long list of other people ready and willing to make both of their lives hell.

    But yes, Hosea the book and Hosea the person both have issues, imho.

  • the status of a wife was one heck of a lot better than that of a prostitute

    Status, maybe. But actual life? 

    We don’t know in what way she was a prostitute. It’s entirely possible that she was able to control her own life far more than most wives could even dream. 

    Whereas a husband could do what he liked with her, when he liked, and she had no say in it, and she was stuck with him forever. Then she had to get pregnant — no picnic, and for very many women, absolutely horrific, and even more horrific back then. (Even back then, prostitutes had ways of avoiding and ending pregnancy.) Then she had to go through the incredible pain of labor, fearing death every time. Then the children she worked so incredibly hard to bring into the world were cursed.

  • Back in college, I had to read Hosea for like 3 different classes. It was the first bible reading I ever had assigned for a class.

    Always seemed weird that they seemed to place so much import on that particular one.

  • Guest

    “Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and I am not your God.”
    Oh my glob, you guys. Drama-bomb! What is it with the Old Testament portraying God as a spoiled brat writ large?

  • The_L1985

    I had a course about the OT once.  The teacher pointed this passage out in particular.  Lo-ammi means “Not my people.”

    “Now imagine that.  Hosea’s walking down the road with this beautiful baby boy.   ‘Hosea, your son’s so cute!  What’s his name?’  ‘Oh, he’s Not-Mine.'”

  • The_L1985

     Did he miss the part about what the kids’ names mean?  What mother wouldn’t complain about those names?

  • thatotherjean

     I think it must have much to do with life at the time—subject to famine, disease, natural disasters, and the ever-present possibility of a raid by somebody with better weapons/more men than your group, which could leave you dead or enslaved.  Bad times were pretty much unpredictable, and there was nothing you could do about them.  If life is capricious, and your god sends it to you, your god must be equally so.

  • OriginalExtraCrispy

    Isn’t the god of the bible pretty much just a copy of the Greek and Roman gods? If so, that would make sense, since they were often portrayed as spoiled brats, too.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Where do you get that idea? I can buy Yahweh as a storm god who used to be believed one of many. I can buy the Tanakh as the growing-up story of Yahweh. I cannot buy, and I have never before heard, the idea that Yahweh is a copy of a Greek or Roman god. Anyway, wasn’t the Tanakh, or at least the Torah, a fixed canon before the Jewish and/or Hebrew people ever encountered Greeks or Romans?

  • OriginalExtraCrispy

    Dunno. I’m not a Biblical scholar (obviously). It was just something I heard or read.

  • kash

    you need to read Hosea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Excellent wife??, oh wait sleeping around is the feminist standard, no suprises there

  • ISTR that the Hebrews were influenced by the Assyrians and Phoenicians, mainly?