Hosea 6:2 (HCSB)
2 He will revive us after two days, and on the third day He will raise us up so we can live in His presence.
This three verse pericope is awesome! It is a complete picture of our state, God’s plan, and what our response should look like.
In Hosea 6:1, Hosea reminds Israel, and us in a way, that punishment from God is our doing, it is due to our sin. Although God has “wounded us” and “torn us”, the first part is what reminds us that those actions are a result of our straying from Him, thus our need to return to Him. And, the same God that punishes, is the God that heals and restores. God is not one dimensional. He is not out to get us, but He does discipline us, and allow the repercussions of our sin impact us. And God certainly loves us perfectly, but He does require justice.
Hosea 6:2 seems to be an obvious foreshadow of Christ. This is God’s big plan, the story that these 66 books are conveying. Look, God does the work here, He revives us, He raises up. And because of His “raising up”, His defeat of death, following His perfect atonement for all sin, we are able to receive the gift of righteousness that allows us to live in His presence! That is the story, and it is wonderful, beautiful, and perfect love.
And finally in Hosea 6:3, Hosea reassures us of these things. We should “strive to know the Lord.” What other reaction possibly makes sense? What’s more, Hosea reminds us of the permanency, and faithfulness, and the absolute truth of God: “His appearance is as sure as the dawn.” And then Hosea provides another picture of God’s redemptive work: the rain, cleansing our sin, purifying us, and also providing life to us, just as the rain waters the flowers and plants of the land.
This is just three verses that pack a huge story into them. A story of God’s big plan to reconcile us to Him, and restore and revive us through Himself.
Lord, thank You for loving us so much that You have saved us from, and out of, our sin. Thank You for reconciling and reviving us. Thank You for that third day when You rose, triumphant over death. Thank You for taking the penalty that we could not bear. I pray that we would recognize You for who You are. Help us to return to You, help us to strive to know You. Amen.