Vs. 3, “In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel; as a man he struggled with God.” Hosea draws on the life of Jacob as he reflects on some of Jacob’s mistakes (vs. 2-6). Looking back on Jacob’s life, he deceived Esau (Gen 27:35-36), and Israel was now living a lie and cheating others (vs. 7). The areas of Gilead and Gilgal (vs. 11), were examples of the people turning away from God. We also are reminded of Jacob’s wresting incident with God and lastly Jacob’s encounter with God at Bethel, remember the stairway to heaven? (Genesis 28 & 35). And lastly, Hosea reminds us of Moses who was appointed to be the deliverer for God’s people out of Egypt (vs. 13-14)
Regarding application…Waiting on God. Vs. 6, “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.” Sometimes we get impatient and just want to see change right away. I like how the NLT translation states at the end of vs. 6, “always depend on him.” When Jacob wrestled with God on the Jabbock river (Gen 32), God would change Jacob’s name to Israel. There are times when we have to wrestle with who we are and wait patiently on God changing us from the inside out. Just as we know nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8), we must also be persistent and wait/depend on Him in all circumstances.