Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Hosea Chapter 6
Metaphysically Interpreting Hosea 6:1-3
6:1Come, and let us return unto Jehovah;
for he hath torn, and he will heal us;
he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
6:2After two days will he revive us:
on the third day he will raise us up,
and we shall live before him.
May 7, 1950: Hosea 6:1-3
Why is Jehovah represented as “tearing” and healing, as smiting and binding up the smitten? When the wrongdoer sets the divine law into activity it reacts upon him as punishment. The person who co-operates with and obeys the divine law experiences its healing, preserving power. It rests with each person to choose which way the divine law is to act in his own case.
What is meant by the words “on the third day he will raise us up”? The number three signifies fullness. The words “on the third day” signify that the regeneration of mind, soul, and body is complete.
Metaphysically Interpreting Hosea 6:4-11
6:4O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee?
O Judah, what shall I do unto thee?
for your goodness is as a morning cloud,
and as the dew that goeth early away.
6:5Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets;
I have slain them by the words of my mouth:
and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
6:6For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice;
and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.
6:7But they like Adam have transgressed the covenant:
there have they dealt treacherously against me.
6:8Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity;
it is stained with blood.
6:9And as troops of robbers wait for a man,
so the company of priests
murder in the way toward Shechem;
yea, they have committed lewdness.
6:10In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing:
there whoredom is found in Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
April 27, 1924: Hosea 6:1-6
How may we cast out mental laziness and love for physical luxury? We may cast out mental laziness and love for physical luxury by returning to Jehovah as admonished by Hosea: “Come, and let us return unto Jehovah; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”
What does the prophet Hosea represent? The word “Hosea” is a form of the word “Joshua,” and also of the word “Jesus.” Hosea represents the spiritual I AM calling us to observe the divine law.
According to the text, Jehovah brings both good and evil upon his people. How do we reconcile the revengeful Jehovah of the Old Testament with the loving Father of the New Testament? The prophets and the seers who wrote the Old Testament had not developed love, and they thought that God was like themselves, both good and evil.
From what do good and evil arise? From the use of the I AM power. Good and evil are effects. The source of all, (Jehovah, in the universal, and I AM, in the individual) is neither good nor evil. By using his I AM power in wrong ways, man can bring about inharmony which he calls evil, or by using his I AM power in the right way he can bring harmony which he calls good.
When we have a perfect concept of Divine Mind, shall we have two standards, good and evil, or shall see absolute perfection, and cease passing human judgment upon transitory things? In pure spiritual consciousness we shall have the concept of perfection. In the Adam and Eve allegory Jehovah warned his man not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus said: “Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man;” and “if any man hear my sayings, and keep them not, I judge him not, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”
How may we realize the source of our being, the principle of perfection? We may come into a realization of the principle of perfection within us when we have ceased to judge or censure anybody or anything, and when we have realized the truth that the Lord desires the spiritual goodness in us rather than sacrifice, and right understanding of him and his law rather than gifts.
April 14, 1940: Hosea 6:1-7
How does one “return unto Jehovah”? The true return is brought about by a change of mind from its being centered in self in the natural man to a centering in God in the spiritual man.
What significance is attached to the “third day” mentioned in the text of this lesson? The resurrection of the whole man, spirit, soul, and body, that is brought about by his awakening to the things of God as a result of his change of mind.
How does one “follow on to know Jehovah”? One follows on to know Jehovah or becomes conscious of the spiritual realm of cause, by forming the habit of thinking of God and of acting in that consciousness.
Why are we told that “his going forth is sure as the morning”? The unfailing nature of the eternal law is thus made clear.
In what respect are the divine judgments “as the light that goeth forth”? The light of day cannot be concealed when it dawns. To the thoughtful mind the divine judgment is as unmistakable as plain daylight.
What distinguishes a follower of God from those who conform to man-made usages and custom? The inner spiritual qualities of goodness and knowledge of God, God consciousness, distinguish the man who is following God from those who are merely observing the outer forms of [unreadable phrase].
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-05-2014