I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy;
After these judgments the Lord would deal with Israel more gently. By the promise of rest in Jesus we are invited to take His yoke upon us so the work of conversion can be forwarded by comforts as well as by convictions.
Nowadays we are more concerned with conversion rates and costs than we are with the betterment of our self and the cost of our souls …
But usually the Lord drives us to despair of earthly joy and help from ourselves, that, being shut from every other door, we will knock at Mercy’s gate. In too many cases today, we see people turning a blind eye to God’s calling and they seek other methods of distraction and satisfaction …
From that time Israel would be more truly attached to the Lord; no longer calling him Baali, or My lord and master, alluding to authority rather than love, but Ishi, an address of affection.
This may foretell the restoration from the Babylonian captivity; and also be applied to the conversion of the Jews to Christ in the days of the apostles and the future general conversion of that nation.
Genuine believers are able to expect infinitely more tenderness and kindness from their holy God, than a beloved wife can expect from even the kindest husband.
When the people were weaned from idols and loved the Lord, no creature could do them any harm.
This should be understood of the blessings and privileges of the spiritual Israel, of the true believer, and the partaking of God’s righteousness.
Here is an argument for us to walk so that God may not be dishonored by us: “Thou art My people.” God calls us His children …
If a man’s family walks disorderly, it is a dishonor to the Master.