Day 2

Israel’s Adultery Forgiven

from the Hosea reading plan

Hosea 2:14-23, Hosea 3:1-6, Jeremiah 3:12-13, Romans 5:6-8

BY Raechel Myers

I love being on the right side of an argument. 

Being “righteously right” is more satisfying to me than a dark chocolate-covered pretzel (and those are pretty good). Sure, I’ll forgive you—just as long as you know I’m the one administering the mercy, and you’re the one admitting your shortcomings. It’s restoration on my terms and with my limits. You’re welcome.

Not super attractive. Not to my kids, not to my husband, not to the people I work with, and not to the One seated on the mercy seat. 

But mercy isn’t about our righteousness. We don’t grant mercy because we are more and someone else is less. We grant mercy because we have been granted mercy. Period. We watch God, in His Word and in our own lives, act in mercy toward us every day. He requires us to repent, but He doesn’t make us grovel. He invites you and me, just like He invited Israel, to return from how very wrong we are. He makes us righteous because of the righteous One who died in our place. Because we have been shown true mercy, we can begin to show the same.

Do you see the way God demonstrates mercy to His people in today’s reading? Israel is wronger than wrong—deeply unfaithful and offensive—and God makes plans to allure His unfaithful bride with tenderness. And my favorite: He promises to make the Valley of Achor into “a gateway of hope” (Hosea 2:15). 

God makes it easy for us to come home too. He laid out the welcome mat for unfaithful Israel in spite of their wandering and unwillingness to return His faithfulness. God’s unrelenting love was just that—it never stopped inviting. And it never stops inviting and pursuing us today. Not only does God’s faithful love save us, it also teaches us. It shows us how to show mercy—how to be unrelenting in our tenderness, offering gateways of hope because the same has been done for us. 

As we read the book of Hosea, we learn no one is beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness. No one is too wrong to receive mercy. God may bring judgment and consequence for our sins, but His ultimate aim is restoration, as demonstrated even in the way He renamed Hosea’s children. 

He calls us His people too. He calls you His person. His Word teaches us—from Eden’s fig leaves to Hosea’s family to the very line of David—that God is in the eternal business of turning condemnation into restoration. This restoration is for us to receive and for us to offer to others. Being righteously right won’t get us anywhere, but joining the Father in His business of restoration is work worth doing well. Receive His invitation today, friend. Receive His mercy. 

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106 thoughts on "Israel’s Adultery Forgiven"

  1. Faith Pratt says:

    Just what I needed today!

  2. Tricia Kovely says:

    “God’s faithful love saves us and teaches us to show mercy and unrelenting tenderness to others” so good!

  3. Liesl Tan says:

    Restoration is God’s word for me in this season of spiritual recovery. To repent of my own disobedience and receive His mercy without a guilty conscience because of Christ. And then to seek forgiveness and also forgive those closest to me whomI have unrighteousky hurt as well. What a blessing is this word of God today.

  4. Ciera Moistner says:

    SO good!

  5. Iyanna Wallace says:

    Condemnation to restoration. WOW!

  6. Laura Stephens says:

    “Unrelenting in tenderness” that’s what I needed to hear when the kiddos are exhausted and grumpy and out of sync.

  7. Holt Ferguson says:

    Wowee, I needed this

  8. Katie says:

    For the perfectionist mind and heart, a reminder that there is loving and merciful restoration is life changing. Each day I have to let go of the chains I hold myself in to perfection without grace and this is a reminder to let go of what holds me back from what God has provided me… mercy, love, and redemption. His love has nothing to do with me; I do not have that kind of power to influence what God deems True.
    Mercy is to be given to others yes, but we must not just remember we are given mercy but actually accept it and give it to ourselves.

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