n exhortation to repentance. (1-3) Blessings promised, showing the rich comforts of the gospel. (4-8) The just and the wicked.
Verses 1-3: Israel is exhorted to return unto Jehovah, from their
sins and idols, by faith in his mercy, and grace through the promised Redeemer, and by diligently attending on his worship
and service. Take away iniquity; lift it off as a burden we are ready to sink under, or as the stumbling-block we have often
fallen over. Take it all away by a free and full forgiveness, for we cannot strike any of it off. Receive our prayer graciously.
They do not say what good they seek, but refer it to God. It is not good of the world's showing, but good of God's giving.
They were to consider their sins, their wants, and the remedy; and they were to take, not sacrifices, but words stating the
desires of their hearts, and with them to address the Lord. The whole forms a clear description of the nature and tendency
of a sinner's conversion to God through Jesus Christ. As we draw near to God by the prayer of faith, we should first beseech
him to teach us what to ask. We must be earnest with him to take away all iniquity.
4-8: Israel seeks God's face, and they shall not seek it in vain. His anger is turned from them. Whom God
loves, he loves freely; not because they deserve it, but of his own good pleasure. God will be to them all they need. The
graces of the Spirit are the hidden manna, hidden in the dew; the grace thus freely bestowed on them shall not be in vain.
They shall grow upward, and be more flourishing; shall grow as the lily. The lily, when come to its height, is a lovely flower,
(Mt 6:28,29). They shall grow downward, and be more firm. With the flower of the lily shall be
the strong root of the cedar of Lebanon. Spiritual growth consists most in the growth of the root, which is out of sight.
They shall also spread as the vine, whose branches extend very widely. When believers abound in good works, then their branches
spread. They shall be acceptable both to God and man. Holiness is the beauty of a soul. The church is compared to the vine
and the olive, which bring forth useful fruits. God's promises pertain to those only that attend on his ordinances; not such
as flee to this shadow only for shelter in a hot gleam, but all who dwell under it. When a man is brought to God, all who
dwell under his shadow fare the better. The sanctifying fruits shall appear in his life. Thus believers grow up into the experience
and fruitfulness of the gospel. Ephraim shall say, God will put it into his heart to say it, What have I to do any more with
idols! God's promises to us are more our security and our strength for mortifying sin, than our promises to God. See the power
of Divine grace. God will work such a change in him, that he shall loathe the idols as much as ever he loved them. See the
benefit of sanctified afflictions. Ephraim smarted for his idolatry, and this is the fruit, even the taking away his sin,
(Isa 27:9). See the nature of repentance; it is a firm and fixed resolution to have no more to
do with sin. The Lord meets penitents with mercy, as the father of the prodigal met his returning son. God will be to all
true converts both a delight and a defence; they shall sit under his shadow with delight. And as the root of a tree; From
me is thy fruit found: from Him we receive grace and strength to enable us to do our duty.
9: Who profit by the truths the prophet delivered? Such as set themselves to understand and know these things.
The ways of God's providence towards us are right; all is well done. Christ is a Foundation Stone to some, to others a Stone
of stumbling, and a Rock of offence. That which was ordained to life, becomes, through their abuse of it, death to them. The
same sun softens wax and hardens clay. But those transgressors certainly have the most dangerous, fatal falls, who fall in
the ways of God, who split on the Rock of Ages, and suck poison out of the Balm of Gilead. Let sinners in Zion fear this.
May we learn to walk in the right ways of God, as his righteous servants, and may none of us be disobedient and unbelieving,
and stumble at the word.
Burnette's Life Application
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making
an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue
in the Book of Hosea with Chapter 14 In our text today we see that repentance will bring restoration as
Israel turns from their disobedience as Hosea preaches to listen, learn, and benefit from the Word of God. In making application
we see that as we listen and apply God's Word our repentance or turning from our disobedience will bring us restoration. How
about you? Do you see that the Lord restores those who repent? Let us learn from our text today to see that the Lord loves
us and if we listen to His Word and Repent then we will experience the Restoration of the Lord.