“Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3 (NKJV)
There are “Invitations” given by God Himself throughout Scripture. He gave an invitation to Noah and his family to “Come into the ark…” (Genesis 7:1). Invitations from God are indeed, wonderful, and needed.
Israel and Judah had not only separated themselves from one another, but were separated from GOD. They were at a place where they were worshiping the gods of surrounding neighbors; rather than YHWH (YaHWeH, or Jehovah); the One who made all things from nothing.
Hosea’s prophecy was through himself, his wife and his children. A wife who was a harlot, unfaithful to her husband; children who were, or may not be his own; these were illustrations of the people of God and their adulteries against GOD, and his love for them.
The invitation is “Come, let us return to the LORD…” Cast down the idols, repair the breech, return to the LORD. That is repentance.
As God in His mercy called for Judah’s and Israel’s repentance; He calls for the Christian’s repentance as well. Believe His Word, turn from sin, and return to Jesus Christ, believe, and trust Him completely. He died that we might live eternally.
Return to Him and “Pursue the knowledge of the LORD”.