No Love Like God’s Love 3
“For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their King; and shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days.” Hosea 3:4-5 (KJV)
The children of Israel are still in this stage of being without a king or a prince. From the time of the return of the exiles from Babylon Israel ahs not been given to idolatry, they have not had a king or a prince; since the destruction of the temple (70 A.D.) their sacrifices have been abolished, and they have not had a Levite or a priest.
Hosea had placed Gomer in the disciplined lifestyle:
- Providing circumstances for her to respond to his love;
- “To convey through prophetic symbolism the deprivation into which God would bring Israel.” From the STUDY BOOK.
This would make it possible for Israel to respond to God’s unconditional love. While there is enjoyment in sin there is no opportunity of turning to God.
God would remove the false as well as the true. “For many days” in verses three and four, imply a long period of time. Probably as long as would be necessary to prepare them to return to God.
There is victory in God’s redemption. Each of these first three chapters speak of Israel returning to God for full and completer redemption and forgiveness. This is God’s purpose and plan for Israel and for His Church.
“Afterwards” – after the days of discipline. After days, years, centuries, even millenniums “Israel shall return.” There are not “Ifs” or “buts” about it. They shall return. They will “Seek the LORD their God”, and turn to “David their King” [fulfilled in Jesus Christ]. See Luke 1:32-33.
This prophecy has yet to take place. It will in the Lord’s appointed time come to pass just as the prophecies forth tell. When? “In the last days.”
Jesus is the King of kings; rules over all the earth. He is Lord of lords and has all things in His hands.
-Tim A. Blankenship