“God Becomes Salvation” (Exodus 15: 2, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Moses asks, “Lord, who is like You among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performing wonders?” (Exodus 15: 11)

The wonders to which Moses and the children of Israel refer include the parting of the Red Sea and the drowning of Pharaoh’s charioteers and armies, the plagues designed both to convince Pharaoh to let God’s people go and to harden his heart, the pillar of cloud and the Angel of God moving between the children of Israel and the forces of Egypt.

Moses sings, “The Lord is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Moses recalls his own rescue from death at birth. The midwives tell the king of Egypt who desires to curb the growth of Israel by killing all newborn sons that “Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before a midwife can get to them.” (Exodus 1: 19) Therefore, Moses’ mother has time to hide her son for three months before placing him in a papyrus basket and setting him among the reeds along the banks of the Nile. The basket is found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and Moses as a result grows up in the household of his enemy after being nursed by his own mother.

Moses praises God: “You lead the people You redeem with Your faithful love; You guide them to Your holy dwelling with Your strength.” (Exodus 15: 13)

“Betrothed To God” (Hosea 3: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans

God promises, “I will betroth you to Me forever. I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.” (Hosea 2: 19 – 20)

God tells Hosea to “go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.”

Hosea obeys. He buys his woman. He tells his new wife that she must “dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” (Hosea 3: 3) Hosea compares her to the children of Israel, saying they will “return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to His goodness in the latter days.” (Hosea 3: 5)

God is betrothing His children to Himself forever, that is — for always. He is betrothing His children in righteousness, justice, steadfast love, mercy and faithfulness. Whom do we suppose has these qualities? The children of God or God Himself?

Hosea is the husband who marries the adulteress. God is the Righteous Judge who marries sinners to Himself — giving them His Name forever. As a result, these sinners will come to “know the Lord.”

God says, “And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, you are My people; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’ ” (Hosea 2: 23)