Hosea 6* An exhortation to repentance. (1-3) Israel's instability andbreach of the covenant. (4-11)1-3 Those who have gone from God by consent, and in a body,drawing one another to sin, should, by consent and in a body,return to him, which will be for his glory, and their good. Itwill be of great use for support under afflictions, and toencourage our repentance, to keep up good thoughts of God, andof his purposes and designs concerning us. Deliverance out oftrouble should be to them as life from the dead. God will revivethem: the assurance of this should engage them to return to him.But this seems to have a further reference to the resurrectionof Jesus Christ. Let us admire the wisdom and goodness of God,that when the prophet foretold the deliverance of the church outof her troubles, he should point out our salvation by Christ;and now these words are fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ,it confirms our faith, that this is He that should come and weare to look for no other. Here is a precious blessing promised;this is life eternal, to know God. The returns of the favour ofGod are secured to us as firmly as the return of the morningafter a dark night. He shall come to us as the latter and formerrain unto the earth, which refreshes it, and makes it fruitful.The grace of God in Christ is both the latter and the formerrain; and by it the good work of our fruit-bearing is begun andcarried on. And as the Redeemer was raised from the grave, sowill He revive the hearts and hopes of all that trust in him.The feeblest glimpse of hope in his word, is a sure earnest ofincreasing light and comfort, which shall be attended withpurifying, comforting grace that makes fruitful. 4-11 Sometimes Israel and Judah seemed disposed to repent undertheir sufferings, but their goodness vanished like the emptymorning cloud, and the early dew, and they were as vile as ever.Therefore the Lord sent awful messages by the prophets. The wordof God will be the death either of the sin or of the sinner. Goddesired mercy rather than sacrifice, and that knowledge of himwhich produces holy fear and love. This exposes the folly ofthose who trust in outward observances, to make up for theirwant of love to God and man. As Adam broke the covenant of Godin paradise, so Israel had broken his national covenant,notwithstanding all the favours they received. Judah also wasripe for Divine judgments. May the Lord put his fear into ourhearts, and set up his kingdom within us, and never leave us toourselves, nor suffer us to be overcome by temptation.
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