Hosea 13:14 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.
Who was held by the power of Sheol? Everyone.
Who needed redemption from death? Everyone.
Thus when God removed the thorns from death, and the sting from Sheol, it was for the benefit of…everyone.
The New Testament gives more detail about this operation of God:
Hebrews 2:14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Heb 2:15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
That is, it was Jesus our Lord who removed the thorns from death and the sting from Sheol. For this reason, He is rightly called “the author of life” (Acts 3:15 NIV and ESV).
As Satan was the author of death, so Jesus is the author of life out of death.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.