Return to the LORD - Part 2

(the LORD speaking through Hosea about Israel)
    I will heal their apostasy;
I will love them freely,
for my anger has turned from them.
    I will be like the dew to Israel;
he shall blossom like the lily;
he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon;
    his shoots shall spread out;
his beauty shall be like the olive,
and his fragrance like Lebanon.
    They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow;
they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine;
their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
    O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress;
from me comes your fruit.

Hosea 14:4-8 (ESV)

The LORD to His people: "it is I who answer and look after you... from me comes your fruit"


Consider the "fruit" of the LORD's favor:
- reformation and restoration
I will heal their apostasy
- lavish love
I will love them freely
- refreshing and rejuvenation
I will be like the dew to Israel
- bounteous beauty
he shall blossom like the lily... his beauty shall be like the olive (tree)
- perseverance and permanence
he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon
- enlargement and extension
his shoots shall spread out
- reputation and renown
his fragrance (shall be) like Lebanon... their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon
- revitalization and resurgence
they shall flourish like the grain
- security and shelter
they shall return and dwell beneath my shadow
- fragrant fruitfulness
they shall blossom like the vine

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.