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the Bitter Sin of Wandering from God
Hosea is represented as having exhausted his expostulations upon his faithless wife. He has tried every arrow in love’s quiver, but in vain; so now he sends his children, worse than motherless, to plead with their mother, before she brings upon them all irretrievable retribution.
Almost insensibly our mind passes from the pleadings of the human love to the divine Bridegroom. Often He has to erect thorn hedges about us -not that He takes pleasure in thwarting us, but that we may be diverted from ruin. There was no better method of turning Israel from her idols than by withholding that material prosperity which she thought they gave. Has not this been our experience also? Our mirth has ceased and our prosperity has vanished. We have sat amid the wrecks of a happy past. It is not that God has ceased to care for us, but that He longs to wean us back to Himself. Have we reached the point of saying, “It was better with me then than now?” Then let us be of good cheer! The dawn is already on the hills, and God’s coming to us, in restoring grace, is like the breaking glory of the morning!
“A Door of Hope”
Hosea 2:14-23 ; Hosea 3:1-5
The valley of Achor was a long wild pass up through the hills. The prophet says that a door of hope would open there, like the Mont Cenis tunnel which leads from the precipices and torrents on the northern slopes of the Alps to the sunny plains of Italy. That door opens hard by the heap of stones beneath which that troubler of Israel, Achan, was laid. We must put away our Achans before we can see doors of hope swing wide before us.
The prophet was bidden to make one further overture to his truant wife. She had been faithless, but the old love burnt in her husband’s soul, and he was prepared to buy her back to himself at half the price of a female slave, Exodus 21:32 . His only stipulation was that she should abide with him for many days. This was to be a time of testing, with the assurance that, if she were penitent and faithful, she would be perfectly restored.
What a wonderful verse is Hosea 2:3 ! We are purchased to God by the death of His Son. He only asks us to be for Himself and He promises to be for us. “The best of all,” cried the dying Wesley, “is that God is for us!” Shall we not close with the offer and give ourselves to Him?
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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Hosea 2". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25