About Jesus Steve Sweetman
In this chapter we will
see the heart of God. He is
just and He must punish
Verse 1 says that
The second part of verse
1says, "out of Egypt
I have called my son". In
context, this obviously means that God called
Now it is very
interesting that Matthew 2:15 quotes this very verse, but puts an
altogether different meaning to it.
In the Matthew quote, the son who is being called out of
The question obviously
arises, "how does the Matthew verse interpret Hosea 11:1 as Jesus
coming out of
Verse 2 speaks of God
calling Israel, but the more He called them the farther they strayed from Him.
This is like an ungrateful child.
The more you demonstrate your love to a rebellious teenager, the
response is the more they walk away from you.
This bothers parents, and it bothered the Lord.
Verse 2 says that Israel
"sacrificed to the Baals".
Note the plural form of the word Baal.
Each community had their own Baal god that they worshiped.
In verse 3 we note the
father son relationship between Israel
and her God. God speaks in
terms of helping His son learn how to walk.
Such things are very meaningful to parents.
The first step, the first word, and all of the other firsts, are
deeply implanted into the memory of the parent, but the child remembers
none of that. That's why
when a child strays from the parents in the teenage years, it's so
hurtful. The parent has more
of a history with the child to remember than the child has with the
parent. So in part, this is
one reason why the child can stray from the parent so easily.
The parent goes through great sorrow.
The child knows nothing of that sorrow.
We must remember, by this
time in Israeli history, they are like teenagers.
They know little about the days when their ancestors escaped from
Verse 4 continues with
the imagery of a loving father caring for his son, his only son. Again,
we see the heart of God in this verse.
He surely cares for Israel.
I believe the return to
as seen in verse 5 speaks of the return to slavery that they once
Verse 6 is a direct
reference to the attack on the northern kingdom of
In verse 7 we see the
In verse 8 we see the
apparent predicament God finds Himself in.
On one hand He must punish Israel. He must destroy them for
at least two reasons. One
reason is that He is just and sin needs to be punished.
The other reason is a matter of commitment to His own law.
In the Law of Moses God said that judgment would come upon
Note the two cities of
Admah and Zeboiim mentioned in verse 8.
These two cities were in close proximity to
The part of verse 8 and
into verse 9 seems to be confusing on the surface.
God says that He has a change of heart.
He says in verse 9 that He "will not carry out His fierce
anger" or destroy Ephraim, meaning the northern kingdom.
The difficulty with this passage is that He did destroy Ephraim.
So how should we understand this? The best way to understand this
passage is to know that God did destroy Ephraim, but there will be a day
when Ephraim, through the southern kingdom
Also in verse 9 we see
the reasoning behind God's decision to restore
Verse 10 clearly states
that some day,
When verse 10 says that
"He will roar like a lion", the general consensus seems to be the
that the roar of the lion is the roar of a mother lion calling her
babies back to her for nourishment. The
next phrase seems to suggests this when it says "when He roars, His
children will tremble …" I
believe this roar takes place at the end of this age, at the last great
battle that the world rages against Israel. The roar will scare the
nations, but it will be the cry of love and safety for Israel. One roar can be seen in
two different ways by two different people.
If you or I were by a lion and we heard the roar, we might fear,
but the lion cubs wouldn't fear. They'd
see the roar and as a call from their mother for dinner.
Note the phrase,
"they will come trembling from the west".
When these words were uttered, coming from the west for
Verse 11 ends this
section with the promise that God would settle, or in this case,
resettle Israelis in their own homes.
History shows that this is happening right now.
In the midst of all the trouble in the middle east today,
Israelis are being resettled. They
will finally find complete settlement at the return of Jesus. Israelis
have been returning to their land since the late 1800's.
In 1948, when