So my last post was getting long… but I never finished my thoughts on Hosea 2:15. What about that last sentence?
There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor (troubling) to be for her a door of hope and expectation. And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth and as at the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
In her Valley of Achor, the place where we are reminded that nothing is hidden from God, in that same place, she will sing! And not just sing, sing like she was innocent and free ~ it seems to insinuate the time before her innocence was taken from her, before she was violated and abused ~ as in the days of her youth.
I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you, – Psa 144:9 NIV
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. – Psa 33:3 NIV
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. – Psa 96:1 NIV
Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. – Psa 98:1 NIV
Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. – Psa 149:1 NIV
And quite frankly God adds: as at the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
Yet another clear reference to freeing slaves from trafficking.
I love that she is not just promised freedom from her captors or masters, and left there to face them day in and day out. He does not expect her to remain in the physical space of her captivity and stand as a free woman. He completely liberates her, pulling her up and out of Egypt, leaving behind everything (the good with the bad) and beginning new.
Hmmm, like giving her a new song to sing…