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Living Prophecies

The Prophet HoseaHosea was an 8th century prophet in Israel who was instructed by God as to what his children's names were to be as they were born. They were to be living prophecies and messages to Israel at that time. Their names were communications from God to Israel. The first of Hosea's children's names was called "Jezreel" which meant "God scatters" telling the people of Israel that the nation would be scattered. The second child, a daughter, was named "Lo-Ruhamah", translated as "not loved" which was a sign of God's displeasure with the people of Israel for following other pagan gods. The third of Hosea's children was a son who was called "Lo-Ammi" indicating that in God's sight Israel were "not my people" any longer.✞

Jesus Christ in You

Jesus NameHosea's children's names were directly aimed at the people of Israel to indicate to them that their relationship to God had broken down. God told another prophet in Isaiah 43.1b, "I have summoned you by name; you are mine." Like Isaiah, it is God who gives us our names. The Savior gives believers the special name of Jesus and indwells us so that we are now appropriately called "Christians" in whom Christ dwells. Paul reinforces this point when he asks in 2 Corinthians 13.5, "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test?"

"Hosea's Children's Names"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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