Monday, February 6, 2012

welcomed with open arms

Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.
Hosea 3:5

God holds out hope for His rebellious and unfaithful people. Hosea's own life again is the object lesson God uses to illustrate this reality. Once more Hosea retrieves his wife Gomer from the arms of another lover. And in this action he anticipates the covenant love of God for Israel. God would go after his people again as well.

The prophetic voice in Hosea sounds out on the implications of this kind of love. And it would receive a broken and repentant nation. God says that in "the latter days" the entire nation of Israel (both the Northern and Southern kingdoms) would return to seek Him. They would reunite with Him and with one another under the rule of the Davidic dynasty again. They will come to fear the LORD and receive His goodness as a nation. All of this would be as described because God would honor His covenant with His people.

I thank You that You always have ears that hear the prayer from the lips of a repentant sinner. Your great love redeems and restores. Your heart longs to see lives rejoicing in You in Your kingdom. I know that now I trust this by faith. Yet one day my soul shall see it and know it much deeper. In the story of Israel I see your faithful love. And for that I am confident to trust all future events to your loving leading.

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