- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Hosea 14
Repentance to bring blessing.
Closing chapter of the book of Hosea draws the message of God’s restoration. The prophet concludes with an appeal for Israel to return to God.
“return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,” (v.1) is the theme of the prophetic message of Hosea, which is only way for Israel to be restored. By using marriage relationship with Hosea and his wayward wife Gomer, God revealed his steadfast love for Israel.
Israel may still return to the Lord for with him there is mercy. Returning to God entails a rejection of Israel’s alliance with Assyria as well as rejection of idolatry, the futility of foreign alliances and idols.
Two images, a cedar of Lebanon and the dew, describe blessed life of Israel. A cedar tree symbolizes fruitfulness and the dew does healing. Because of the steadfast love of God, God will heal and bring Israel back to fruitful life. And God alone guide and sustain Israel.
The book of Hosea concludes with an exhortation that calls the readers today to understand God’s righteousness, and walk in them, which was developed into faith. “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17).
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?