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27 Hosea(4

To the One who gained love

Hosea 11:1-11
Matthew 2:13-15
T There is love when we drink and eat, too

 About a message of Hosea, long part of Chapter 4-11 is collected all together; and this will be central part of Hosea. Verse 11:12 is Verse 12:1 in Bible of Hebrew. Words of "declares the Lord" given to Verse 11, it seems to complete here. We have watched this in only parts of Chapter 6 last time, but, as it is symbolized in beginnings of Chapter 4 thus; "Listen to the word of te Lord, O sons of Israel, for the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, because there is no faithfulness or kindness or knowledge of God in the lad. There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing, and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and everyone who lives in it languishes along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky; and also the fish of the sea disappear."; it may be said that this is the message which broke out of anger of God for Israel. However, this severe message is only to Chapter 10. After this severe message, would he expect that Israel heard it and returned to repentance to God? His tender personality came out in Chapter 11 again; surely, he himself would be able to listen to a message of pity to them of God carefully.

 It begins thus; "When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt I called them, the more they went from them, they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols.". (1-2) He would remind them of the time when they left Egypt and settled in Cannan. It was led by God's love. Here, I want to pay attention to the word "I loved"; this is same word with "they love raisin cakes." (3:11), and it is used to eat and drink; it may be thought extremely "practical love". He poured His deepest love, and supported them for every corner of life, and He gave all the necessary things……, God practiced such a love. They had to remember that they were loved and fed by God in long time before settling in Cannan.

 When we Christian hears the word of "Love"; because we emphasize love too much which is seen in a cross of Jesus, we may tend to make light of a practical act. However, you may learn adding love to hold out unconditionally when you say that you love someone. It will be taught it is an essential part of love.

U They forgot love of God

 They have learned that they were loved by God and were selection people of God, while they were led and supported by God in hardship of nomadism in the wasteland and Cannan domiciliation. However, they have very easily forgot Him and run to gods of Cannan when they settled in Cannan. I can understand the feeling that they want to learn from many races of Cannan having superior farming culture, but if it runs to accepting gods of Cannan, I cannot but think what God's love to them was. It was the Israeli most important point to walk with God who supported them. There was it when "The more they called them;", but, Elisha, Amos and other prophets showed God to such them; it is counted already more than 100 years from Elijah. However, when it was said "Come let us return to the Lord" (6:1), they rearranged the confession of faith in a ceremonious song, "So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord", and so they were separated from God distantly like that.

 "Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; but they did not know that I healed them."(3). It will be repetition of my having said before. "Healing" is liberation from Egypt. In other words, they have forgotten love of "their Father" flowed into to themselves so that this prophet must repeat itself many times. Here, I want to pay attention to the word "forget"; if it is said against worse matters a person did, it will become "forgiving", but, if we forget good will and goodwill of a person, and forget that we are bad, it will be problems of touching essence of a crime. And this will be to apply to all human beings who included us up to the present age. We indulged ourselves so and went away from God. It is a crime. "I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, and I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; and I bent down and fed them." (4); we must take it that was said about us. Israel is one model to show it.

V To the One who gained love

 There is it in Verse 5, "They will not return to the land of Egypt;"; but it will say that an Israeli plan to conclude a military alliance, and to be going to escape from a menace of Assyria under Egyptian protection ends in vain. He tortured a crime of the betrayal like this; "because they refused to return to Me.", but it is reversed way of speaking of Verse 1-4. Even if it is such them; God declared that He did not forget love of "Father" whom arrived at from Egypt; "How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel?" (8). "My heart is turned over within Me, all my compassions are kindled."; here, we can look at the origin of love of God who added Messiah Jesus to a cross for us, I think.

 "I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath."(9) God repeated His determination once again. "Again", about this word, you may consider that Ephraim (the Northern Kingdom) does not encounter ruin of the second, because the extinction which was already decided was withdrawn. It is said, "For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst,". The Holy of God is showing that God is an absolute One; so He is definitely God who said "I am God". To Israel who has polluted Holy of God, He is going to pull them back to the sacred ones once again. This is true determination of love and forgiving. The declaration, it insists that I am God; it will show that the love and the judgment of God have been decided by God oneself and it is not the promise exchanged with a person; in spite of Israeli betrayal, the anger and the pity fight among God Oneself, and pity overcame it after a tangle.

 For we human being, because God is far existence; so, sometimes we feel that there are not ups and downs of feelings in God, but, even our love, anger, joy and a tangle were given from nature of God; so, it will not be strange even if there is a tangle in God, because of love. Prophet Hosea heard it as the internal message which was deeply inside of God, I think.

 Their recovery is told in Verse 10-11. But, the recovery is not yet realized, and will it be at the end? Even the hope of Israel, the live and their existence, they were only depended on God's love; and God is going to be stuck to that love, but it was not able to understand even Hoshea. However, Matthew applies his words to Jesus (11:1 → Matthew 2:15), and you may think about people expiated with by love of Jesus of the cross, here. Hosea wanted to hear such message of God, so he put his beloved wife on top of one another and fought with God. If you come to like such faith of Hosea, I am glad.