Hosea 11* God's regard for Israel; their ingratitude. (1-7) The Divinemercy yet in store. (8-12)1-7 When Israel were weak and helpless as children, foolish andfroward as children, then God loved them; he bore them as thenurse does the sucking child, nourished them, and suffered theirmanners. All who are grown up, ought often to reflect upon thegoodness of God to them in their childhood. He took care ofthem, took pains with them, not only as a father, or a tutor,but as a mother, or nurse. When they were in the wilderness, Godshowed them the way in which they should go, and bore them up,taking them by the arms. He taught them the way of hiscommandments by the ceremonial law given by Moses. He took themby the arms, to guide them, that they might not stray, and tohold them up, that they might not stumble and fall. God'sspiritual Israel are all thus supported. It is God's work todraw poor souls to himself; and none can come to him except hedraw them. With bands of love; this word signifies strongercords than the former. He eased them of the burdens they hadlong groaned under. Israel is very ungrateful to God. God'scounsels would have saved them, but their own counsels ruinedthem. They backslide; there is no hold of them, no stedfastnessin them. They backslide from me, from God, the chief good. Theyare bent to backslide; they are ready to sin; they are forwardto close with every temptation. Their hearts are fully set inthem to do evil. Those only are truly happy, whom the Lordteaches by his Spirit, upholds by his power, and causes to walkin his ways. By his grace he takes away the love and dominion ofsin, and creates a desire for the blessed feast of the gospel,that they may feed thereon, and live for ever. 8-12 God is slow to anger, and is loth to abandon a people toutter ruin, who have been called by his name. When God was togive a sacrifice for sin, and a Saviour for sinners, he sparednot his own Son, that he might spare us. This is the language ofthe day of his patience; but when men sin that away, then thegreat day of his wrath comes. Man's compassions are nothing incomparison with the tender mercies of our God, whose thoughtsand ways, in receiving returning sinners, are as much above oursas heaven is above the earth. God knows how to pardon poorsinners. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, andtherein declares his righteousness, now Christ has purchased thepardon, and he has promised it. Holy trembling at the word ofChrist will draw us to him, not drive us from him, the childrentremble, and flee to him. And all that come at the gospel call,shall have a place and a name in the gospel church. Thereligious service of Israel were mere hypocrisy, but in Judahregard was had to God's laws, and the people followed theirpious forefathers. Let us be faithful: those who thus honourGod, he will honour, but such us despise Him shall be lightlyesteemed.
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018