Hosea 2:19-23

Hosea 2:19 (KJB)

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.


Here is a promise of salvation to all those who are the Elect of God in national Israel.  This shows the essence of the covenant God spoke about in verse 18.  It is an everlasting covenant which God promised through Abraham.  Genesis 17:7 (KJV) And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.  Then God will betroth them in righteousness, judgment, lovingkindness, and mercies which are all the language of salvation.  God will be married to the believer.  Revelation 21:9 (KJV) And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.


Hosea 2:20 (KJB)

I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.


1 John 4:19 (KJV) We love him, because he first loved us.  We will know the LORD because of the intimacy of the covenant of grace.  It causes the one who is saved to be as close as a husband and wife to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:30 (KJV) For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  The true Christian is so intimate with Christ that we are considered to part of his flesh and bones, in other words, we are part of his body just as a husband and wife are one flesh, so it is the believer and Christ have the same intimate connection.  Since we are in Christ, we will also come to know the Father.  1 John 2:23 (KJV) Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.


Hosea 2:21 (KJB)

And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;


Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.  “I will hear” may be understood as answering.  It is the same word that is found in Jeremiah 33:3.  It is the word “ãnãh” in the Hebrew and means “to answer.”  When one becomes a believer, they are assured that God hears all their prayers but sometimes he says no and right away Christians claim that he didn’t answer our prayers.  What they really mean is that God didn’t do what we wanted him to do.  No is an answer and I am sure that many of us as we were growing up asked our parents for things and they said no to many of our requests.  That was an answer although it was not the one we wanted.  In our verse, God promises that he will answer our prayers.  With both the heavens and earth hearing, it is showing complete harmony between Heaven and earth.  Right now earth in its sinful state is at enmity with heaven but once it is remade in righteousness it will be in agreement with Heaven.


Hosea 2:22 (KJB)

And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.


Remember the name Jezreel means “God sows or scatters.”  Where God stated that he would hand over the vineyards and the fig trees to the animals, he is now stating that he is reversing that curse.  The earth will not reject the request of the grains which is represented by the corn, the grape vines which is represented by the wine and the trees like fig trees which is represented by the oil.  The earth will nourish all of these with the needed water and nutrients and they will grow with the blessing of the Lord.  No longer will God scatter as the name Jezreel indicates but now the name is used to bring to remembrance of the past curse and the future promised blessings.


Hosea 2:23 (KJB)

And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.


Here is a promise of the blessings that the body of Christ will receive.  God will sow them into the earth and they will multiply.  2 Corinthians 9:10 (KJV) Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)  This is speaking about the Elect of God within national Israel.  Now because of Calvary, the curse of Lo-ruhamah and Lo-ammi which meant “no mercy and not my people” will be rescinded and now they will become the people of God.  1 Peter 2:10 (KJV) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  The only way a person can claim truthfully that God is their God are the ones who are truly saved.  The ones who can claim they are the people of God are those who are saved through the Lord Jesus Christ.  There was a promised remnant that would be saved out of national Israel.