Hosea 6: Repairing the Relationship
We spoke yesterday about how God is going to turn his back on the people because of the way that they were living. Today, in Hosea 6, we find out that there is a way to repair this relationship.
Hos 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
Hos 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
Hos 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
We have to return the Lord, and He will heal us. I’m not sure if the verse two is a Messianic reference necessarily, and my commentaries seem to be split on the idea as well, but it is certainly true that because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we do have the ultimate reconciliation with God. We could not be the perfect sacrifice on our own, but Jesus Christ took on the sin of the world to do that for us.
I do want to emphasize that this passage does certainly imply that it is necessary to return to God and to get in line with Him. It isn’t the type of thing where we continue rolling down our own road in whatever direction we want and expect this healing to take place. We need to come back to the path of God that we have clearly all deviated from at one point or another during our lives.
I kind of put this in perspective by thinking about how great it is to have this reconciliation. Certainly, following God does mean making certain choices about how we’re going to live our lives. However, if God is everything that He says He is, then absolutely nothing is more important than living and being with Him. Therefore, from that perspective, it certainly makes sense to return to God.