God Takes Action to Bring About His Plan

Hos 2:21-23 “And in that day I will answer, declares the Lord, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth, and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel, and I will sow her for myself in the land. 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.’”

The closing verses of the second chapter bring this poetic passage of prophecy to its climax. False gods have been vanquished. A few points stand out. First, this passage indicates God answers. So, what is the question? Is it not the call for mercy and salvation? Terrible things happened at Jezreel. It seems humanity – at least those who love YHWH – has had its fill of what is terrible. The day God answers the request for salvation will be a great day indeed. This bride, the people loved by God, God Himself will sow. There are several possible connotations to being sown. These people would be raised as new beings, like plants are raised from seed, in the land. There will be mercy and inclusion with God for those who were previously rejected. To a minor degree this was accomplished when Hezekiah brought some of the house of Israel into the government of Judah where YHWH worship was restored and the Israelites worshipped alongside the tribe of Judah at Jerusalem. A greater fulfillment of this passage came about when Christ was sacrificed for the sins of the world and the Gentiles began to be accepted into the new covenant. All those rejected by God through the ages were granted the opportunity to hear and accept God’s call to return to a right relationship with Him. Our loving Creator answered the injustice of the rejected world when reconciliation was made at Calvary. Jeremiah and Paul both spoke about the changing of human hearts when God’s Spirit would come to reside with us in a new way. When the formerly rejected enter into a saving personal relationship they become new creations – in the world but not of the world.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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