In our study of Hosea chapter six, we look at the promise that God made to His people to bring restoration. In chapter 5, we saw how Israel's relationship with God was broken by their disobedience.
"'Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.'" NIV translation
The prophet issues the call for Israel to return to the Lord. He described how their relationship was torn apart but that God brings healing. That same promise is for each and every one of us.
"'After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.'" NIV translation
Although these words were spoken to God's people about 750 years before their fulfillment, they clearly point to the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way for the healing to come. Throughout the Bible, the number three is associated with the earthly display of God's will and we see that it was His will to repair the relationship through Jesus. This verse is a clear picture of the coming death and resurrection of Jesus.
"'Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.'" NIV translation
The number two, throughout the Bible, is the number of witnessing as it was the number of people required to establish something as fact.
Here, we see, in the repetition of the call to acknowledge the Lord, that the truth is man cannot repair their relationship with God and that it can only come by accepting what Jesus has done. The promise is as sure as the rising of the sun and the harvest is guaranteed by the coming of the rains.
"'What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.'" NIV translation
Here, God compares the love of His people for Him to the dew that appears in the morning. When the sun comes up and the day begins, the dew begins to disappear. The same type of thing happened with Israel and can even happen with us today. We can get caught up in our daily lives and drift away from the daily call of the Lord on our lives.