The sinful one who leaves the Lord is like an adulterous woman who leaves her husband, yet tenderness wins her back.

Scripture: Hosea 2:2-16

ESV Text: Hosea 2:2-16


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2
2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts; 3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst. 4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms. 5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.

     6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. 7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now. 8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal. 9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. 10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand. 11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. 12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them. 13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

     14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. 15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. 16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 386:
My Savior Sinners doth Receive

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1. My Savior sinners doth receive 
Who find no rest and no salvation, 
To whom no man can comfort give, 
So great their guilt and condemnation; 
For whom the world is all too small, 
Their sins themselves and God appal; 
With whom the Law itself hath broken, 
On whom its judgment hath been spoken,– 
To them the Gospel hope doth give: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

2. A love more deep than mother-love, 
With which His heart was overflowing, 
Drew Him to earth from heaven above, 
On sinners boundless grace bestowing, 
He in their stead a curse became, 
He bore the across with all its shame; 
Brought full atonement by His suffering, 
Gave up His life for them an offering. 
This comfort doth the Gospel give: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

3. His loving bosom still remains 
A haven for the heavey-laden; 
Christ frees them from their guilty stains, 
Their burdened heart doth ease and gladden. 
He casts into the unfathomed sea 
The load of their iniquity; 
He gives assurance by His Spirit 
That they are saved through His own merit. 
Yea, they shall live who this believe: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

4. Say not: “My sins are far too great, 
His mercy I have scorned and slighted, 
Now my repentance is too late; 
I came not when His love invited.” 
O trembling sinner, have no fear; 
In penitence to Christ draw near. 
Come now, though conscience still is chiding; 
Accept His mercy, e’er abiding. 
Come; blest are they who this believe: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

5. Oh, draw us ever unto Thee, 
Thou Friend of sinners, gracious Savior; 
Help us that we may fervently 
Desire Thy pardon, peace, and favor. 
When guilty conscience doth reprove, 
Reveal to us Thy heart of love. 
May we, our wretchedness beholding, 
See then Thy pardoning grace unfolding 
And say: “To God all glory be: 
My Savior, Christ, receiveth me.” 


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