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Living Prophecies to Israel

Prophet HoseaIn the Hebrew Bible, "Hosea" or sometimes "Hoshea" is an 8th century BC prophet in Israel whose name means in Hebrew "Savior" or "Safety." Hosea is instructed by God as to what his children's names are to be before they were born. These names are to be living prophetic messages to Israel at that time. Their names are really communications from God to Israel and not just intended for Hosea and the mother of his children.

Childrens Names

We read in Hosea 1.2-8, "When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, 'Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.' So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. Then the Lord said to Hosea, 'Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel.' Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, 'Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means "not loved"), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them — not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.' After she had weaned "Lo-Ruhamah," Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, 'Call him "Lo-Ammi" (which means "not my people"), for you are not my people, and I am not your God." Note that the Hebrew for "your God" here may be translated as "your I AM" which has deep meanings as the name of God in both the Old and New Testaments.

Meanings

The first of Hosea's children is a boy who is named "Jezreel" which comes from the Hebrew meaning "God scatters" or "God will sow." This name tells the people of Israel that the nation is to be scattered as a sower scatters seed as he sows. Jezreel is also the name of an ancient Israelite city and fortress within the northern Kingdom of Israel. The second child, a daughter, is named "Lo-Ruhamah," which is translated as "not loved" or "not having obtained mercy" or "not pitied" as a sign of God's displeasure with the people of Israel for following other pagan gods. It denotes the utterly ruined condition of the kingdom of Israel. The third of Hosea's children is a son who is called "Lo-Ammi" indicating that in God's sight Israel is "not my people" any longer.

Name of Christian

Jesus NameHosea's children names are directly aimed at the people of Israel to signal to them that their relationship with God has broken down. God similarly tells another prophet called Isaiah in Isaiah 43.1b, "I have summoned you by name; you are mine." Like Isaiah, it is God who summons us by name and who gives each of us our names. Later in time, the Savior gives believers the special name of "Christian" and indwells them so that they are now appropriately called "those in whom Christ dwells." Paul reinforces this distinction when he asserts 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?" God grant they we may not "fail the test!"✞

"Jezreel Hosea"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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