Hosea 6:1-3 Repentance, Revival, And Living For The LORD.

Once again the LORD issues a call to repentance through Hosea, but Hosea says “let us” so that he joins with them urging them to join with him in the return (v. 1a Cf. Is. 1:18; Acts 10:43). There is a double edge reason for returning-the first is the acknowledgement that it was the LORD who had “torn” them through various means, but secondly, that this same LORD would heal them if they repented of their sin, returning to Him (v. 1b Cf. 5:14-15; Dt. 32:39). If they truely repented, turning from their sin, then after two days there would be revival, and on the third day they would rise, and all this for the purpose that ultimately they would “live in His sight” (v. 2).*

Again, he joins with his audience and urges them to join with him in pursuing “the knowledge of the LORD” (v. 3a Cf. Is. 54:13). This knowledge had gone forth or “established” to humanity from the beginning, dawn or “morning” of history (v. 3b Cf. II Sam. 23:4). This blessing of repentance and the consequent revival, and the raising up of His people to live in His sight, would be like “the latter and former rain to the earth” (v. 3c Cf. Ps. 72:6; Joel 2:23; Job 29:23). Even so today, we need a call to repentance because of sin, that among the nations of the world the true people of God, the remnant, would come to repentance, be revived, and rise up to live before the LORD.

* “This may simply denote a short period of time. Some, who view this as a prediction of Christ’s resurrection, understand Paul to allude to this verse in 1 Cor. 15:4 (Cf. Lk. 24:46; Acts 10:40)” (NGSB. p. 1368).

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