Rev. E. Anderson
A DECLARATION OF LOVE
This is quite some chapter that makes in no uncertain way and terms the immense and intense love of Jehovah for His own people. At the outset, Hosea is called upon to love and demonstrate love for a woman in quite an amazing manner, illustrating His love. Here, the Lord discloses the tremendous affection that He has borne and still bears to His elect Household. God’s people are summoned to reflect upon and recognise the depth of desire and love that their God has towards them. The knowledge of this should have impacted their beings and brought about a fundamental and essential spiritual change in them.
1/. IT HAD BEEN REVEALED AT THEIR BEGINNINGS – v1
From the earliest moment He had set His affections upon them. He had clearly and dearly loved them when they were they were small and when they were in unfavourable circumstances in Egypt. He was not put off but in the time of espousal, whilst young and small, He had made them the apple of His eye, His choice possession. He could look back to the start without embarrassment and affirm, they had fixed themselves in His heart.
2/. IT HAD BEEN MANIFESTED IN HIS CALLINGS – v2
Throughout their history, amidst all their sin and indifference, there had been no want of love on His part and this was reflected in the way He had used many good messengers to speak to His own. They were words from His heart and they should have appealed in a strong and personal way to them. The call overall was the call of love.
3/. IT HAD BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN HIS UNTOLD CARE – v3
There is the disclosure that throughout He had been watching over them diligently, taking them by the hand in their infancy and seeking to bless them in every way. He was jealous of their good and development. They had been able to take their place in the world of nations because of His intervention, goodness and love. He went to great lengths to see them advanced.
4/. IT HAD BEEN IN HIS UTTER CONSISTENCY – v8
Though they had miserably failed and fallen short and brought much trouble on themselves, He could and would not ‘give them up.’ His love was tested to the hilt but did not breakdown. His love endured and persisted in spite of all the way they had treated Him. He is bound to them in an eternal manner.
5/. IT WILL BE EXPRESSED IN THE ULTIMATE – vv10,11
Although they are to be reduced to great straits and seemingly written off, His love could not be written off, so they would be renewed and their future would be restored. His love would come shining through and be recognised at last. The love of Jehovah is a profound message that must be meditated upon and its effect should be dynamically manifested in the hearts of His elect people.