Take words with you
and return to the LORD.
Say to him:
“Forgive all our sins
and receive us graciously,
that we may offer the fruit of our lips.
Assyria cannot save us;
we will not mount war-horses.
We will never again say ‘Our gods’
to what our own hands have made,
for in you the fatherless find compassion.”
I will heal their waywardness
and love them freely,
for my anger has turned away from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel;
he will blossom like a lily.
Like a cedar of Lebanon
he will send down his roots;
his young shoots will grow.
His splendor will be like an olive tree,
his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
Men will dwell again in his shade.
He will flourish like the grain.
He will blossom like a vine,
and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon.
– Hosea 14:2-7
Some people today, interpret “Israel” in the Scriptures to mean the worldly state founded in 1948. However, this prophecy is not fulfilled in any earthly country, nor even in the man Jacob whose name God changed to Israel (although Jacob was a part in that prophecy). Rather this prophecy was fulfilled and is fulfilled in the seed of Israel: Jesus. Paul writes: “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say ‘and to seeds,’ meaning many people, but ‘and to your seed,’ meaning one person, who is Christ.” (Ga 3:16).
The Scriptures, the seed, and the true Israel are about one man: Jesus. Hosea, the lily, and the true Zion are all about one savior: Christ.