Psalm 91:1 "He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
Luke 1:79 "To give light to those sitting in darkness and death-shade (shadow of death), to guide our feet to a way of peace.' (Young's Literal Translation).The prophet Hosea issued God's warning to the people of Israel, that judgment was about to fall. He urged them to repent of their sins against God. And what were their sins? The Israelites had gone astray into *Baal Worship (see note). The people made molten images of pagan gods, sacrificed and and showed homage to manmade idols (Hosea 13:2) "as if they were alive!"
Hosea instructs them to:
- Take with you words. True repentance is a 180 degree turnaround, not insincere words. People can be deceived by empty professions, but not God.
- Accept what is good. Forgive and receive us with no more obstruction to Your grace.
- Receive us graciously. With the "calves of our lips," which means sacrifice we render our thanks as living sacrifices offering praise, thanksgiving, gratitude and obedience.