“I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.”

Hosea 2:20
The Old Testament prophetic books reveal that God’s people had earned their exile, but that One would come who would bring them (and us!) back home to be with the Lord. Hosea uses particularly beautiful language to paint this picture. God’s people are like the prostitute Gomer in their persistent faithlessness. But God, like His servant Hosea, betroths His unfaithful bride, washing us with His own blood. 

If you were a believer in Hosea’s day, you’d be peering toward the horizon, wondering when the Day of your Bridegroom would come. You’d have to trust that beyond the exile, there was immeasurable, imperishable hope awaiting fulfillment. 

Today you do not need to gaze longingly upon the horizon—for you can also look back upon a cross. Your Bridegroom has already washed you and will one day pull away the veil of your sin once and for all. In that day, the longing of your exiled heart will find its delight in the face of Jesus. From here the current of God’s love accompanies us and sustains us in this sin-parched world. 



Scripture Focus

Hosea 2

Insight

One day, friends, we’ll see the love of God springing forth from the ground again and becoming a renewed and perfect garden.

Bible In A Year

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