Do you remember hearing your parents tell you, “Don’t use that tone with me!”
Sometimes our tone of voice can say more than the words we employ.
Do you hear a tone in the things the Lord speaks to you? I sure do!
This morning, reading between the lines, listening to His tone, I hear tenderness, in this scripture.
Hosea 2: 14
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness
And speak kindly to her.15 “Then I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the valley of Achor as a door of hope.
And she will sing there as in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16 “It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord, “That you will call Me Ishi
And will no longer call Me Baali.
17 “For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth,
So that they will be mentioned by their names no more.
18 “In that day I will also make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field,
The birds of the sky And the creeping things of the ground.
And I will abolish the bow, the sword and war from the land, And will make them lie down in safety. 19 “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion,
20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord.
21 “It will come about in that day that I will respond,” declares the Lord.
“I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth,
22 And the earth will respond to the grain, to the new wine and to the oil, And they will respond to Jezreel.
23 “I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people,
‘You are My people!’ And they will say, ‘You are my God!
Consider with me the phrases that I hear the Holy Spirit highlighting in this passage. I will speak kindly to her. You will call me Ishi or Husband. I will betroth you to Me forever in compassion and lovingkindness, I will sow her for Myself in the land, and make all of the earth respond, giving her the new wine and oil. “You are my People”, and they will say, “You are My God” a declaration of reciprocal love and adoption, and belonging.
Not very long ago I had the impression that God was asking the church to ‘bury the hatchet’ they had between the denominations. Yesterday in a church service I had the same picture of us laying down the sword and beating it into a plowshares, for it is time for the harvest. In verse 18, we read the phrase, And I will abolish the bow, the sword and war from the land, And will make them lie down in safety. This is a promise to the people and country of Israel that has never been revoked. In time of war God is going to undertake for His people. I believe this is also meant to apply to us, the church.
He is not saying there will not be a battle, but there is a place of peace in His Presence. He allures us in the wilderness, speaking tenderly to us to trust in, to hide in, to find not only refuge but flourish in our relationship with Him.
I also hear Hosea 6: 1 “Come, let us return to the Lord.
For He has torn us, but He will heal us;
He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
2 “He will revive us after two days;
He will raise us up on the third day,
That we may live before Him.
3 “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.
Indeed scripture tells us the voice of the Lord is as the sound of many waters. Ezekiel 43:2 among other references. Open the link embedded above in the word rain, and leave it open. Then click here to listen to both the rain and Kevin Prosch singing Hosea 6.
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