June 17, Reading 2 – Hosea 2:2-3:5

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SAA Notes

Peter quotes 2:23 as applying to gentile Christians in 1 Peter 2:10. Once we were Loammi (not God’s people), but now we are Ammi (God’s people). Hosea bought Gomer out of her slavery to the brothel and restored her as his wife. Is God any less patient and faithful?

SJA Notes

This passage starts with a bang, a hard word from the Lord, extremely explicit.

Israel has been FAITHLESS.

God would then punish her, His people, by removing Himself (His blessings) from them.

“Therefore I will take back my grain in its time, and my wine in its season, and I will take away my woold and my flax, which were to cover her nakedness.”

More though, the Lord would go further. “Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall rescue her out of my hand.”

It’s an interesting idea, that nobody could rescue God’s people from God!

But that’s TRUTH.

There isn’t any power or dominion greater than our God. Nobody can bind Him up and steal from Him, or as in here “rescue” from Him.

But that’s not the end of things – Because even though God punishes His people, He has ultimately RESCUED them Himself, from the end judgement of sin.

“And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.'”

This is our reality!

In Ephesians 2 we read, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Once we were FAR OFF.

In Jesus we are NEAR.

This is our hope, our story, the truth for all the world.

* Father God, thank You that You have not forsaken us.

Thank You that even though we see that You sent Your people into exile, even there You were at work for their good.

Thank You that in Jesus, through His blood, we (all of Your people) who were once FAR OFF, and now NEAR.

Praise God! What a Saviour!

Amen.

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