Ephraim was the premier Tribe in the northern kingdom of Israel, as opposed to Judah, where David’s descendants reigned. God holds Israel responsible for their religion and life-styles. Judgment is tempered with mercy for those willing to return to the Lord.
How much of the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ, do we read in this passage!
“So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”
Hundreds of years before Jesus, we see Jesus in Hosea’s words!
How do we return to the Lord? How do we cross the chasm of sin?
He is the HELP OF GOD! What words of wonder and encouragement these are.
But more, it’s only after we return that we can _hold fast_ to love and justice.
And too, as well as holding fast, we are WAIT CONTINUALLY for the Lord.
Paul exhorts us in Philippians 2 v20 in this very thing, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, …”
Finally, have a look at ch 13 v14 – Paul quotes this in that wonderful passage of 1 Corinthians 15 v50-58.
“I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting?”
Praise God for this passage which is such a good revelation of the consistent message of God’s word – It’s Jesus!
* LORD, thank You for this portion of Your word today.
Please fix within us a right spirit, a remade heart after Your own heart.
And write Your word upon our hearts, that we might not sin against You.
Thank You that in Jesus death has no hold on us, no power.
Thank You that in Jesus we see YOUR HELP for us.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!