“And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God” Hosea 2:23

Leslie M. John

“And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God” Hosea 2:23

Amidst darkest prophecies ever pronounced against the Northern Kingdom of Israel that God has no mercy on them, and they are not His children anymore, God had still sympathy towards them under the Old Covenant He made with Abraham.

“Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God” Hosea 1:10

In a similitude presented by God wherein Hosea the prophet was commanded by Him to take a wife of whoredoms marries Gomer, who leaves her husband and turns prostitute. She gave birth by her husband three children viz. Jezreel, Lo-Ruhama, and Lo-Ammi. This is similitude and yet it was a true happening. God compared Himself as husband to Israel, who deserted Him went after idolatry.

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called” (Isaiah 54:5)

It was not allegorical presentation but a similitude from which a real picture is drawn to teach spiritual lesson.

He says to “Ammi” and her sister “Ruhamah” to plead with their mother put away her prostitution. He pleads through her to return to him. It is not true that God gave up Israel and the Church is not a replacement of Israel. The Church, which is a chaste virgin, has unique place in the sight of the Lord. God never called the Church as prostitute.

It was because Gomer, Hosea’s wife turned prostitute he said she was not his wife anymore nor was he her husband. He warned her through their children Ruhama and Ammi that if she did not put away her prostitution he would strip her naked, and set her as she was on the day when she was born. He also said that he would turn her “as a wilderness and set her like dry land, and slay her with thirst”.

As seen in the history of Israel they turned away from the LORD several times and worshipped idols. They broke their covenant with God and transgressed against His commandments and His statutes. That is the reason why God chastened them several times. Many of them are yet to accept Lord Jesus as their Messiah.

They will accept Jesus as their true Messiah when they undergo ‘great tribulation’. God will protect them during those forty two months of ‘great tribulation’

Hosea refused to have mercy on her children and decided to lay hedge on her borders with thorns and cause obstruction in her paths because she played harlot. She decided to go after her lovers who give her food, clothing, oil and drink.

Time will surely come when Israel, who was compared to Gomer, searches for her comfort in her lovers whom she trusted but will neither find comfort nor her lovers; and then she decides to return to Hosea, her first husband. Israel will come to her senses and believes that God was her true lover.

When Gomer sought her corn, wine and oil from her paramours she did not realize that her husband gave her better provisions, and now that she was deserted by her paramours she realizes how true and great her husband’s love was.

Gomer honored her idols with the goodly provisions which she had from her husband; therefore her husband says He will take away her corn, wine, oil and take back wool, which she used for covering her nakedness.

Hosea says all her paramours left her and then he discovers “her lewdness in the sight of her lovers” and, therefore, he decides to cause her joy to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her Sabbaths to end; destroy her vines and he fig trees, which she said was the fruit of her labor and gave credit to her idols whom she worshipped.

Israel worshipped idols and burned incense to them; she adorned herself with earrings and jewels like a prostitute and went after them and forgot the LORD their true husband. God has the details in his mind.

Therefore, He allures her and brings her into wilderness and speaks comfortably unto her. He gives her the vineyard that belonged to her and the valley of “Achor”, where the children of Israel sang songs, when they were delivered from slavery and came out from the land of Egypt.

“For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer” (Isaiah 54:7-8)

It shall be on that day that Israel will call the LORD as her “Husband” and not anymore as “LORD”. The LORD will take away from her mouth the name of “Baal” whom they worshipped in preference to the LORD. God will remember them and will fulfill His promises made with their fathers.

The LORD will make the beasts of the field, fowls of the heaven and creeping things of the ground to lie down safely with them during the thousand-year reign by Jesus Christ. He will betroth with Israel and Judah together as one unto Himself in righteousness to remain with Him forever. Then will God say to them that they His people and they will say that He is their God. (Ref. Hosea 2:18-23)

“…I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God” Hosea 2:23b