Hosea 2:23 (HCSB)
23 I will sow her in the land for Myself, and I will have compassion on No Compassion; I will say to Not My People: You are My people, and he will say, “You are My God.”
After what was a pretty rough passage previous, we read here the grand plan God has for His bride. This pericope reinforces our positive outlook for the future. Despite whatever hardships and trouble may come in between, we can be assured that God has a divine plan that overcomes our sin, our failures, our adulterousness, and reconciles us to Him.
Although the overall tone of this pericope is much more positive, there are a few highlights that stand out to me:
- Hosea 2:14 – “… I am going to persuade her…” Immediately we see who is doing the work of restoring Israel: God. After the punishment for her sin, which was conveyed in the previous pericope, we see God reaching out to, and for, Israel. But nothing is the work of Israel in the restoration process, both are the work of God. Too often we think that we can “earn” something from God by either beating ourselves up, or by being “super good”. But that’s not how things work, God is the one who restores, and He is doing it here.
- Hosea 2:19-22 – In these verses it seems that God takes things to another level. It is one thing to provide for, protect, and lead His people into a restored state with Him, but it is another to be married and call creation to respond to Israel. Talk about a permanent covenant! And shouldn’t we be over-joyed with this news? Of course we should! We should avoid thinking about this marriage in human terms, and what comes along with it, as that is our limited and perverse thought getting in the way. But instead we should recognize the promise of an intimate relationship with God.
- Hosea 2:23 – I love how God states His plans, how He is going to do what shouldn’t be possible: have compassion on “No Compassion”, and make “Not My People” His people. God is a bad dude! Everything is possible through, and for, God, that’s what we should realize here. The lost people of Israel, the people that by all accounts should be cut off from God, are restored, they are reconciled and made righteous by God! And what’s more, He’s still doing it today! Through Christ’s blood we continue to be reconciled and made righteous today, through faith in Him. And our reaction should be the same: say, “You are my God.”
Lord, thank You for Your gracious forgiveness. You laid out the plan to forgive Israel, to reconcile her to You, and take her as Your wife, and we are grafted into that tree, made part of that family, through placing our faith in Jesus Christ. Thank You! You are our God! Amen.