What hope for Israel does Hosea provide in 14:1-8?
After the prophet Hosea proclaimed the message of God’s judgment over Israel for their sins — leaving the Lord and worshiping other gods — he presented a message of hope in the last chapter of the book, chapter 14. This chapter is divided into two parts. Verses 1-3 have a call to repent and return to the Lord. The prophet says,
Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God (Hosea 14:1).
In the second part, verses 4-8, the prophet presents an assurance of the Lord’s love and his will to heal his people from sin, from the disease of sin. The Lord says,
I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely (Hosea 14:4).
This is the message of hope that the prophet presents after proclaiming the judgment. There is always a chance to repent and return to the Lord. It is accompanied with God’s hand that is extended with healing and love to restore the people and restore their relationship with the Lord once more.