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Promises of a Coming Day of Peace

Hosea 2:18 (ESV) … “And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety.”

Not only will Israel be reconciled with God, but in that day there will be peace on earth. Yahweh will make a covenant with the beasts, the birds, and the little creatures of the ground. These categories of living creatures are the same as in Genesis 9:2, where the context implies their separation from man through fear (cf. Isa 11:6–9). Also the bow and sword, the two main weapons of Hosea’s day, will be abolished (lit., “broken,” from šāḇar, “to break in pieces”). Thus war will be eliminated so that “all may lie down in safety.” Since war has been a scourge throughout history, the day Hosea is speaking of must still be future (cf. Isa 2:4; Mic 4:3). [1]

As Christians we too look forward to a day where peace will rule! In our day of turmoil and strife we can surely take comfort knowing that God will fulfill his promises. We must not lose faith but stand firm in the Lord.

[1] Wood, L. J. (1986). Hosea. In F. E. Gaebelein (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel and the Minor Prophets (Vol. 7, p. 179). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.

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