Hosea 14:5- I will be like the dew to Israel, he shall grow as the lily, and shall cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
I will be like the dew to Israel. On most summer and spring mornings there is dew on the grass where little droplets of water signify a new day. If Israel repents it will be like they have a new day and a clean slate in the eyes of the Lord. This is a sign of resurrection for the Israelites that their sin has been put to death but they will awaken in new light. The word dew refers to a new day of resurrection but it also signifies God’s provision for His people. Dew, in most countries, shows people that their crops will grow but if there is no dew on the ground there will be a dry season. Yahweh is showing His people that they can be fruitful and grow if they repent.
He shall grow as the lily. Without the dew, moisture on the ground, there is no lily. While Yahweh gives us the lily of the ground that we can see with our own eyes He also provides the roots underground, the things we cannot see. The word for lily here can refer to many lily-like flowers and all are prized for their beauty. God provides for things all around and we should love Him and repent to Him. Throughout the Bible writers use the personification of a garden when reference to God and His provision (Genesis 2:15, Isaiah 35:1, Amos 9:13, Micah 7:14) so it is no surprise here that Hosea uses a lily to show how God can beautifully provide for His people.
And shall cast forth his roots as Lebanon. At the end of verses 5-7 Hosea writes the word
Lebanon. Lebanon is marveled throughout the Bible by writers who record its beauty and marvel in its provision for other creatures. Psalm 104:16-17, “The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees.” Lebanon is in the region of Galilee and is very fertile. Lebanon is known for its growth and beauty so Yahweh is saying that he will cast Israel’s roots in Lebanon. This means that they will grow and people while marvel at them.
It is good to note that the Israelites cannot grow abundantly without the dew from the Lord. In Hosea The Israelites are still being encouraged to repent through Yahweh’s response to them. Yahweh wants His people to repent and He does not want to be in anger to them, now separated from them because of their sins. During this time of quarantine we should see God’s provision and through that repent of our own sins to Him, also without God we cannot grow.
Children’s and Preschool Minister