Hosea 14: This Is Amazing Love
Hosea 14 brings us to the end of yet another book, and I invite you to remember back to Hosea 3 where Hosea bought his wife back from slavery. After everything that has gone wrong, his love for her was so great that he was willing to take her back.
Now, look at the language used here in Hosea 14.
Hos 14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
Hos 14:5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
Hos 14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
Hos 14:7 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.
Again, we have this kind of redemption here. A love that the people of Israel did not deserve was going to be shown to them, and they were going to have reconciliation, just like Gomer and Hosea.
I know that we read a lot about what God is in the Bible, and one of the most popular things that you hear all over is that God is love. Obviously, I agree with that, but I often times think that we forget about what that means. It doesn’t just mean that God comes along and pats us on the back.
It is so much more than that. It is truly a redemptive love. We have no way of ever earning it ourselves. However, it was freely given. Even in our state of separation from God, we can still receive it. That brings us back from death and into life.
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
This is amazing love.