(12 verses, 1:52 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Hosea continues his preaching of Law and Gospel, especially, in this chapter, indicating that the Lord would send His Son to rescue His people.
MARK & LEARN
- Here’s a short outline:
- 1-4, God’s love contrasted with Israel’s continued idolatry.
- 5-7, The next punishment of exile will be in Assyria, not Egypt.
- 8-11, The Lord’s mercy towards Israel.
- 12 begins the next section, in which Israel and Judah are both condemned for their faithlessness.
- We see again in this chapter the two great themes of the Bible which are the two great works of God. He preaches the Law, showing the people their sin, terrifying them and calling them to repentance. And then He comes in kindness, preaching the Gospel and promising to rescue them. “I will not come in wrath” that Lord promises to His repentant people.
- The image of the lion (v. 10) is a favorite of the prophets. Here it is put before them to comfort them.
- V. 1, “Out of Egypt I have called My Son” is quoted in Matthew 2:15 as a promise that the Messiah would also be called from Egypt to save the Lord’s people.
- The Lord is always ready with His mercy. This is our great surprise and delight. The Law comes to terrify us, but the Gospel comes to lift us up and give up life in the sure hope of the forgiveness of our sins. Hosea was the Lord’s prophet, so the Lord had His word of Law and Gospel on his lips for us, our repentance and our faith. When we hear the prophets rightly in Christ, we too, are torn down by the Law and lifted up in the preaching of the Gospel.
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Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO