March 14, 2021
And in that day I will answer, declares the Lord, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth, and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel, and I will sow her for myself in the land. And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, “You are my people”; and he shall say, “You are my God.’ Hosea 2:21-23
The imagery of this prophecy brings two messages of hope to us. First, the language reveals God’s sovereignty and hierarchy: he rules over and responds to the intercessions of celestial beings, and they respond to the cries of God’s children. Who are these celestial beings? Jesus tells us that there are angels in heaven who see the face of the father and intercede for us children of mercy (Matthew 18:10-11).
Secondly, Hosea foretells the “now but not yet” redemption story that points us to the Cross where we have received the Father’s mercy and adoption through faith in Christ. And at the end of the age, we will inherit a renewed world flourishing with bountiful blessings (grain, wine, and oil).
Father God, help us to walk out our adoption as children of mercy with confidence in your goodness, grace, and abundant provision. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling