The Book of Hosea
The Book of Hosea
By Richard St.James
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Hosea, chapter fourteen:
Verse one: “O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.”
The prophet Hosea filled with the Spirit of God makes a plea to the children of Israel to return to their husband. Gomer, return unto me!
There is coming a day when they will return to the LORD with all their heart.
Hear the prophets all yea people! It is prophesied in the book of Jeremiah the prophet, in chapter twenty-four, verse six and seven, this promise:
“For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.” [Jeremiah 24:6-7]
Israel is coming back to the God of this BOOK [the Bible] very soon.
Verse two: “Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.”
Turn to the LORD God, and the LORD God will turn to you. This is a promise! The Jewish people will return in the time of trouble at the end of the Great Tribulation, which is soon coming, and is spoken of in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter twenty-four. The event here also, hearkens back to what the Spirit of God said in the book of Deuteronomy chapter four, verse thirty:
“When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;” [Deuteronomy 4:30]
The “if” will go away, because God intervenes with the pouring out of the grace of God upon the house of David. They will return!
This is found in the book of Zechariah the prophet:
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” [Zechariah 12:10]
Verse three: “Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.”
They will finally learn that man-made solutions will never fix anything in life, only the mercy of God can do this.
Further than that, they will finally have learned that men seeking a world-wide peace in a utopia of their own imaginations will never be achieved by the works of men. That the answers to all the questions of life are only found through their Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Lesson learned: Only Jesus Christ coming to this earth can bring to them [Israel] this true utopia…the Kingdom of Heaven.
Verse four: “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.”
There is healing in God’s wings. This beautiful phenomenon is found for everyone that wants to see in the book of Malachi, chapter four, verse two:
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”
Verse five: “I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.”
The eye of faith can see this beautiful, and satisfying scene from a far off.
Verse six: “His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.”
It is as if we are enjoying walking in the Garden of Eden again in the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
Verse seven: “They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.”
This will be as heaven on earth for the people of Israel.
Verse eight: “Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.”
The only fruit that is forever satisfying is gained for Israel through a restored relationship [or remarriage] with God.
Verse nine: “Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.”
The ways of the LORD are right. Amen!
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