Reflection on Hosea 11:1

Harley 2833   f. 285v   Hosea

Harley 2833 f. 285v Hosea

“As the morning passeth, so hath the king of Israel Israel was a child, and I loved him: and I called my son out of Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1)

Literal Sense: This passage is the recollection of God, through the Prophet Hosea, of when He called the people of Israel, metaphorically called His “son”, from a life of slavery and out of the land of Egypt.

Allegorical Sense: The Apostle Matthew rightly sees this passage in Hosea as a type of Jesus the Christ, as He notes that God called His one and only begotten Son, the true Israel, out of the land of Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15).

Moral Sense: God calls Christians, who are His adopted children, out of the land of Egypt, which is a symbol for spiritual bondage and slavery to sin.  He not only calls them out of Egypt, or out of sin, but calls them to the promised land, which morally symbolizes a state of righteousness.

Anagogical Sense: God calls His children, Christians, out of the land of Egypt, or out of the bondage of Satan, and into the promised land, which eschatologically symbolizes heaven (Hebrews 4).

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