A noteworthy fact about the book of Hosea is that the wife Hosea took to marry was unfaithful to him. This marriage relationship is a sad picture of Israel (the wife) and God (her husband).
And the pivotal passage is found in chapter 14: “Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them..." (Hosea 14:9)
A few points to remember are:
A Picture of God’s Mercy
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor [trouble] a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.” Hosea 2:14-15
Here, Hosea writes of the Lord’s mercy towards Israel, but it is also a picture of His mercy toward us.
A Picture of Heaven
A Picture of God’s Love
“And the Lord said to me, ‘Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.’ So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. And I said to her, ‘You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.’ For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to His goodness in the latter days.” Hosea 3:1-5
God loved us before we loved Him. He sought us out. He bought us at a great price—His only Son. His relationship with us—“You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” And I love verse 5, “Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God…and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to His goodness in the latter days.”
A picture of God’s mercy towards us, a picture of Heaven, and a picture of God’s love for us—I love seeing this pictures in the book of Hosea!
Which of these pictures is your favorite today?
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