“Therefore, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope…” Hosea 2:15a.
Israel left the God who birthed them as a nation and took them for His own. But they played the adulteress choosing to marry themselves to the gods of the nations. Hosea portrays God’s anger and judgment against His people, as well as, His great love for them. Notice God will “allure” her with His love and give her hope in the valley of Achor.
For the full story of this valley of Achor Hosea refers to read Joshua 7. It is a valley of trouble, a valley where the sin that brought the trouble goes up in flames. But in this valley, where the accursed thing is destroyed, God promises to open a door of hope.
The accursed thing is sin born to us all and leads only to death.
“What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise:
- for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
- As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO NOT ONE…
- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…
- For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 3:9-10,23; 6:23.
We were without hope until,
Jesus became the accursed thing.
- “For he hath made him to be sin for us…
- “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…
- “…Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree…
- “Wherefore Jesus also…suffered without the gate…
Jesus became the door out of the valley of trouble.
“I am the door:
by me if any man enter in,
he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
“For through him
we both have access
by one Spirit unto the Father.”
“Having therefore, brethren,
boldness to enter into the holiest
by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way,
which he consecrated for us,
through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.”
Jesus is our hope.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
“Who his own self bare our sins
in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,
being made a curse for us:
for it is written,
Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
That the blessing of Abraham
might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ;
that we might receive
the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
“Wherefore Jesus also,
that he might sanctify the people
with his own blood,
suffered without the gate.
Let us go forth therefore unto him
without the camp,
bearing his reproach.”
Jesus is our only hope.
“Neither is their salvation in any other;
for there is none other name under heaven
given among men,
whereby we must be saved.”
“For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God’s righteous judgment meted out the sentence, the curse…death. His love took the judgment for us. The cross of Christ is the valley of Achor and our door of hope. The door was opened at the empty tomb.
“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”
“And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre…
two men stood by them in shining garments…
they said unto them,
Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen…”
Many live in the valley of trouble bearing their own sin. Jesus Christ opened the door and invites you to enter into His hope.
Hope is yours for the receiving. Have you received it?