The Promised Restoration

Hosea 2:14–23 (NKJV)

14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her.

15 I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.

The conclusion of the previous pronouncement of judgment of Israel is this prouncement of blessing upon Israel.  Whereas He intended to (and did) punish Israel, He nows shows His intention to woo her and restore their relationship.  He intends to take her into the wilderness, where He found her and made covenant with her in the beginning, in order to offer her covenant once again.

16 “And it shall be, in that day,” Says the Lord, “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’

17 For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, And they shall be remembered by their name no more.

Hosea 2-1818 In that day I will make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, With the birds of the air, And with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, To make them lie down safely.

The Lord tells of all the wonderful this that will transpire as a result of His new commitment to romance His unfaithful wife.  She will move up from the status of a servant to the status of a wife.  She will cease to call on the name of the Baals (false gods).  He will make her prosper and be safe.

19 “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy;

20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord.

21 “It shall come to pass in that day That I will answer,” says the Lord; “I will answer the heavens, And they shall answer the earth.

22 The earth shall answer With grain, With new wine, And with oil; They shall answer Jezreel.

23 Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ”

The remainder of the blessing refers to the loving attitude that will prevail between God and His bride (Israel).  As is typical of most prophecies of judgment, there is a following promise of mercy if repentance occurs.  The Lord promises to hear their prayers, bless their crops, and generally protect and provide for His wife, Israel.  The final statment here speaks of the trajectory of Israel’s blessings.  He will “sow her… into the earth.  Mercy will be extended, and covenant will be restored.  In response, Israel will call Him her God.  This loving picture of a Husband wooing His unfaithful wife is beyond what most readers would consider normal.  But God is not normal as the world sees normal.  The Lord is faithful, caring, and full of grace.  The very fact that He judged Israel was an act of grace, for it would bring Israel back to the proper place of worship and blessing.  When God judges you sin, or when you falter because of your sin, know that God’s grace is in the midst of it.  You are blessed by the chastening of God if you respond with repentance and contrition.  God longs to bring you back to covenant.  Repent and return and be blessed.  Restoration is promised to those who repent.

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