Hosea Chapter Fourteen
Written By: Timothy Fish Published: 10/13/2008
“O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God, for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.” (Hosea 14:1) Hosea makes one final plea for Israel to return to the Lord. He calls for them to turn away from the gods they have made with their hands. He calls for them to stop trusting that Assyria would save them. He calls for them to repent and return to the Lord.
When they return, they will find mercy and healing. The Lord wants them back and it will not be in anger. Israel will grow as the lily. Everything will be renewed. Ephraim will no longer serve idols.
The book of Hosea concludes with these words, “Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them? For the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein.” We see this same theme throughout the book of Hosea. When people turn against God and do not do what is right, they will suffer because of their sin. When people turn to God and obey his word, he will bless them.
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