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Living Prophecies

The Prophet HoseaIn the Hebrew Bible, Hosea was an 8th century prophet in Israel who was instructed by God as to what his children's names were to be before they were born. These names were to be living prophecies and messages to Israel at that time. Their names were really communications from God to Israel and not just intended for Hosea and the mother of his children. The first of the Hosea children was a boy who was named "Jezreel" which meant "God scatters." This name told the people of Israel that the nation was to be scattered from the land of Israel. The second child, a daughter, was named "Lo-Ruhamah," which was translated as "not loved" as a sign of God's displeasure with the people of Israel for following other pagan gods. The third of the Hosea 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 children names were directly aimed at the people of Israel to signal to them that their relationship to God had broken down. God also told another prophet, Isaiah, 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 Christian and indwells us so that we are now appropriately called "Christians" in whom Christ dwells. Paul reinforced this point when he asked 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?"

"Jezreel Hosea"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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