Hosea 1:8-10.

Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.

Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not My people, and I will not be your God.

Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

A third child was born to Hosea and Gomer. By this time, I think Hosea would be waiting with some degree of dread to hear what God would say about naming this child. Jezreel, Loruhamah, and. .. .

Loammi. Not My people. Jezreel: God sows (plants). And Loruhamah: No mercy.

Have you ever thought about Gomer’s reaction to the names God told Hosea to choose for their children? Women, would you want your child to be named No Mercy? Or Not My people? Or God sows?

We already know that Gomer’s character, at least at this point in her life, was not one of godliness. Still, she was a Jewish woman, and she had to have had some knowledge of God’s law. I wonder how much tension there was in that home, especially whenever Hosea or Gomer had to use one of the children’s names.

Put them together in order, and you have, “God sows no mercy, you are not My people!”

His message was crystal clear, but apparently it didn’t have much impact on Israel. Their doom was realized during Hosea’s lifetime.

Still, God softened the blow in v. 10, where the promise God had made generations ago to Abraham was repeated: You will be uncountable, as the grains of sand by the sea; You will once again be My People, the sons of the Living God. But before that can happen, you must go through a time of terror, of bondage, and of returning to the worship of Jehovah.

I can’t help comparing Israel’s fate to America’s future. I believe a time of persecution such as this country has never experienced before is coming to our shores. Like Israel, our hearts have become hardened and have been stolen away into the worship of many idols. Money, recreation, other religions that require very little of us, worldly pursuits that our parents and grandparents would have deplored. We have pulpits that preach social justice, but not sin, repentance and salvation. What we have forgotten is that there can be no man-made social justice when God’s way is watered down and served lukewarm. We have forgotten that where God is honored, where His Word is revered, other problems will be addressed as God would have them to be addressed, and not with man’s ideas of what should be.

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