A future generation will return to the LORD God. Looking back, Ephraim and Judah had rejected God’s workings in their lives.
VERSE 1. “Come! Let’s return to the LORD; for he has torn us to pieces, and he will heal us; he has injured us, and he will bind up our wounds.
VERSE 2. After two days he will revive us. On the third day he will raise us up, and we will live before him.
On the third day he will raise us up. The Lord Jesus Christ was raised on the third day.
VERSE 3. Let’s acknowledge the LORD. Let’s press on to know the LORD. As surely as the sun rises, The LORD will appear. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the earth.”
NAB translation. Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD; as certain as the dawn is his coming. He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.
Let us strive to know the LORD. Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. Do you know them? Do you have a love-relationship with them? Here are the Bible verses about this »
VERSE 4. “Ephraim, what shall I do to you? Judah, what shall I do to you? For your love is like a morning cloud, and like the dew that disappears early.
VERSE 5. Therefore I have cut them to pieces with the prophets; I killed them with the words of my mouth. Your judgments are like a flash of lightning.
with the words of my mouth. The Scriptures are powerful and sharp like a sword:
Wisdom 18:16. Bearing as a sharp sword your unfeigned commandment; And standing it filled all things with death; And while it touched the heaven it trode upon the earth.
Isaiah 34:5. For my sword has drunk its fill in the sky. Behold, it will come down on Edom, and on the people of my curse, for judgment.
Hosea 6:5. Therefore I have cut them to pieces with the prophets; I killed them with the words of my mouth. Your judgments are like a flash of lightning.
1 Thessalonians 2:13. For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe.
Hebrews 4:12. For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Revelation 1:16. He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.
Revelation 2:12. To the angel of the assembly in Pergamum write: “He who has the sharp two-edged sword says these things:
Revelation 19:15. Out of his mouth proceeds a sharp, double-edged sword, that with it he should strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He treads the wine press of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty.
I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. This is great! The Lord Jesus Christ quoted this very often.
the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Many Christians
act as though the Sunday church service is the center of the Christian life. However, it is far more important to know the LORD God than to attend a church service.
Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. Do you know them? Do you have a love-relationship with them? Here are the Bible verses about this »
VERSE 7. But they, like Adam, have broken the covenant. They were unfaithful to me, there.
VERSE 8. Gilead is a city of those who work iniquity; it is stained with blood.
VERSE 9. As gangs of robbers wait to ambush a man, so the company of priests murder on the path toward Shechem, committing shameful crimes.
VERSE 10. In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing. There is prostitution in Ephraim. Israel is defiled.
VERSE 11. “Also, Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you, when I restore the fortunes of my people.
a harvest. This “harvest” is the moment when Judah will finally be restored.
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