29 March 2014Hosea 14:1-9
“I will heal their disloyalty; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them” (v. 4)
Similar to the confession of trust that God required of Israel in Hosea 6:1-3, the first part of chapter 14 recommended Israel to do the same and acknowledge their need of God. Israel's downfall has been their sin and non-reliance upon God. Here they are admonished to renounce their trust in Assyria's military might and do away with idols, and thento confess their dependence upon God alone. Only God can heal them and love them to show that God is no longer angry with them. There is a promise of restoration attached to this and a different picture of Israel emerging, like the Garden of Eden - beautiful and flourishing, strong, secure and famous.
Although Israel initially failed to appropriate these blessings, generations after did receive them, fulfilled through those who joined themselves to Judah in Jerusalem, and to many who joined God through Jesus Christ.
- "Those who are wise understand these things; those who are discerning know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them" (v. 9 ). There is only one way to live and that is the Lord's way! How do you respond to these words?