The Mustard Seed #3

Verses 25-29: "As He saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. Isaiah also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of Saboath had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrha."

This is a difficult passage in the King James translation so I will paraphrase it, taking from other translations on occasion.

Concerning the Gentiles, God says in Hosea that those who were not My people, I will now call my people. And I will love those I didn’t love before. At one time they were told, "You are not My people." But now God will say, "You are children of the living God."

Concerning Israel, Isaiah wrote, "Although the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand on the seashore, only a small number will be saved because the Lord will carry out his sentence on the earth quickly and with finality." It will be just as Isaiah said previously:

"Unless the Lord Almighty had left us some descendants, we would have become like Sodom and Gomorrah."

Paul quotes from Isaiah that it is only by God's free grace that even a remnant out of Israel will be saved. It’s not because they deserved it, but because God ordered and willed it.

Hosea prophesied God would save a people, namely the Gentiles, “who were not a people.” They were strangers to the covenants, aliens to the commonwealth of Israel, without hope, and yet, through God's sovereign grace, He called a people His people who were not His people because they put heir faith in Him. Hosea's prophecy is being fulfilled today in this wonderful day of grace.

Paul asks another question in verses 30-33: "What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumb