Messianic Hope

Hos 6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

This is one of the most potent and straightforward messages of repentance and reconciliation in the entire Bible. Hosea repeated uses “us” to identify himself with fallen Israel. Any call to repentance is necessarily personal. By including himself, he makes the call personal and at the same time eliminates the judgmentalism so often associated with religious leaders calling people to repent. Hosea understands God’s sovereignty when he proclaims that it is God who tears down then restores. The power is not in the hands of humanity, no matter how pompously we may think we control our own destiny. Hosea’s prophecy of two days to revive and on the third be risen is clearly a direct reference to the death and resurrection of Messiah. Through this event the Savior will restore the relationship between God and man, granting man eternal life. To pursue this hope it is our responsibility to do all we can to seek and know God. God’s promises are sure and He is faithful to bring them to pass.

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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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4 Responses to Messianic Hope

  1. jerusalemhill says:

    The Truth from beginning to end. Shall I add? Peter writes that judgement begins with the church, and that one day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and vice versa. I believe Hosea here is also suggesting to us today the nearness of the Lord’s return.

    • Lance Ponder says:

      His return is near, this is for sure. Yesterday I went to the funeral home. A woman about my age (mid-40s) passed away from a terrible disease. It put me in mind of the grieving process, among other things. Who are we to say the Lord does not cause us to endure some forms and degrees of suffering? Who are we limit God? Who are we to cast judgment to this or that is good or evil thinking God does not cause us to endure this or that for our own benefit. What appears evil may in fact be a great good when viewed through the eyes of our Holy and Just Lord. Things are rarely what they appear to be, especially if we are looking with our eyes rather than His. Near does not need to mean chronological, though it certainly may. Remember Mt 4:17 – the Kingdom of God is at hand.

  2. Lance: Hosea 6:1-3 is certainly Messianic! God’s punitive action, “torn” and “struck down”, i.e. Christ for us! And yet, we too are somehow drawn into His suffering…2 Cor. 4:7-15, etc. (note too, 2 Cor. 5:1), all of this spiritually moves out of Hosea 6:1-3…”and he will bind us up”…always and only “In Christ”! Great Text!

    • Lance Ponder says:

      You are absolutely right. This is such a powerful book. I have been studying the minor prophets pretty intensely now for the last couple of years and it has been very rewarding to see our Lord revealed through their eyes.

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