Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, July 18th, 2024
the Week of Proper 10 / Ordinary 15
Take your personal ministry to the Next Level by helping StudyLight build churches and supporting pastors in Uganda.
Click here to join the effort!

Bible Commentaries
Hosea 3

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-5

Chapter 3

Then said the LORD unto me ( Hsa Hosea 3:1 ),

Hosea is speaking here.

Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine ( Hsa Hosea 3:1 ).

In other words, God is saying, "Now go take your wife again, love her again though she has become a prostitute and has left you. Go, and take her, love her again."

So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver ( Hsa Hosea 3:2 ),

Now the normal price of a slave was thirty pieces of silver. So this fifteen pieces of silver indicates how completely destitute she had become, probably sick, anemic and all through her wasted life; lost her beauty, lost her desirability. He was able to purchase her for half the price of a slave, fifteen pieces of silver.

and for a homer of barley, [or about eighty-six gallons of barley] and a half homer of barley [animal food, barley]: And I said unto her, You shall abide with me for many days; you shall not play the harlot, and you shall not be for another man: so will I also be for thee ( Hsa Hosea 3:2-3 ).

And so in the restoration you're just to abide for many days. You're not to be for another man and I will keep myself for you.

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, without an image, without an ephod, without the teraphim: And afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; [or their Messiah] and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days ( Hsa Hosea 3:4-5 ).

Now it is true, Israel has gone many days without a king and without sacrifices, without the priesthood, for those ephods and teraphims and all are a part of the priestly garments. And they have gone without these things for many days, many years, and yet God is going to restore these things to them as Jesus Christ comes again, sits upon the throne of David, orders it and establishes it in righteousness and in judgment forever.

So, it is interesting how that Hosea commanded of the Lord to go and now purchase his wife. Sort of reminiscent of the story of the gingerbread man. For the little girl baked this gingerbread man and as she was taking it out of the oven, admiring how handsome he was, and she began to put on the raisins and all for his face and buttons and these things. And finally when she was all through, he jumped out of the pan and began to run away. She began to chase him, and he cried, "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man." And he was right, she couldn't catch him and she went home sad and crying for her gingerbread man had run away. But the next day, as she was walking down the street looking in the store windows as she passed the bakery shop, there looking and smiling at her through the window was her gingerbread man lying on a tray. So she went in to the proprietor and said, "I want my gingerbread man. He's there in the window." And he said, "He will cost you ten cents." She said, "Oh no, no, you don't understand. He's mine. That's my gingerbread man. I made him." The proprietor said, "He costs ten cents." So the little girl went home and she got her bank and she shook the coins until she got her ten pennies and she ran back to the bakery shop and put her pennies on the counter and she said, "Now I want my gingerbread man." And the man took the gingerbread man out of the window and handed it to the little girl and she began to clasp him close to her as she walked home and she said, "Now, you are really mine. First of all I made you and now I bought you." What a picture.

God with Israel, "Now you're really Mine. I made you, now I purchased you." Story of redemption. As the Lord clasps you close to Himself and Jesus says, "Now you're really Mine. I made you. You're Mine by the divine right of creation, but now I've purchased you. You ran away, but now I've purchased you. I redeemed you."

And so the wife now redeemed, abiding for a period of time after the redemption. Jesus came and redeemed Israel. But even after the redemption you're going to abide a period of time without a king, without a sacrifice, without the priesthood. And so the nation Israel has been abiding.

Now, turning ahead to chapter 6, and this is next week's lesson so we're gonna just take a look here. The declaration of Israel in the last days: "Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He has torn, and He will heal us; He has smitten, but He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight" ( Hosea 6:1-2 ).

Peter tells us that a day is as a thousand years to the Lord and a thousand years is as a day. Here they speak for two days, after two days He will revive us. It is very interesting and very significant that Israel remained without the sacrifice, without the priesthood for almost two thousand years now. "But after two days He will revive us and in the third day He will raise us up and we will live His sight." That third thousand-year period being the great millennium when the blessings of God are restored upon the nation Israel and they live in His sight. So that is quite a remarkable prophecy of Hosea, ties in with chapter 3 in a sense. That they shall abide for many days without these things after the redemption price is paid, but then they will be restored. "Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and the Messiah David their king; and they shall fear the Lord and His goodness in those latter days." "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Hosea 3". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/hosea-3.html. 2014.
Ads FreeProfile