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.