This gem comes in the middle of a chapter speaking of the judgment coming on the nation of Israel. Like an adulterous wife, the northern kingdom of Israel had turned her back on her husband (God) and sought many lovers (other gods). Hard hearted and rebellious, the nation was heading straight into a disaster of their own making.
In the middle of all of God’s warnings, God continues to hint at His love for Israel with words like “ransom” and “redeem”. God speaks of a future when He would conquer the power of the grave and death. Paul takes this verse and explains the ancient prophecy as being fulfilled when Jesus redeemed us by dying on a cross for our sins. Paul goes on to say that when Jesus rose from the dead (1Cor. 15:55), He conquered death and hell.
Isn’t it amazing that God would offer these words of grace and hope to a people whose hearts were cold and hard? That’s just who our God is. Even while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Are you struggling with guilt and condemnation from the sin in your life? Turn to Him. He is ready to forgive. He is ready to give hope.