Hosea 13:14 NASB
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
Shall I redeem them from death?
O Death, where are your thorns?
O Sheol, where is your sting?
Compassion will be hidden from My sight.
These words “O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting?” Are often used to emphasize redemption and Victory, but does this text indicate a prophecy of redemption?
No, on the contrary, it is an announcement of the judgment.
Here the Lord calls to death to lead His people to destruction.
He will not regret it.
Isn’t it terrible?
Is that a God of love?
Yes, because the Lord is making an extreme effort to bring His people to their knees.
That they might cry to Him for redemption.
That they might beg for mercy.
Grace is there, grace is available, but only for people who recognize that they have sinned, that they have wasted their lives, and that they deserve to die as a result.
For there is ONE Who has taken it all upon himself, Who went down to hell.
Therefore, Paul can use this word as a song of victory:
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NASB
⁵⁵O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting? ”
⁵⁶The sting of death is sin,
and the power of sin is the law;
⁵⁷but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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