Hosea 1:2; 6-9 – “When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, ” Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the LORD.’… 6 Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I would ever forgive them. 7 “But I will have compassion on the house of Judah and deliver them by the LORD their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, battle, horses or horsemen.” 8 When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and gave birth to a son. 9 And the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I am not your God.” NASU
Israel had sinned and God’s judgment was coming on the land. God choose to illustrate His displeasure with the nation through the prophet Hosea and gave the prophet an incredible assignment. Imagine being told by the LORD to take a wife of harlotry! But, it was not just a wife of harlotry but from a land that was committing flagrant and perpetual harlotry. I pray that America has not become that nation through our national rejection of God in abortion, same-sex marriage, embracing of lifestyles abhorrent to Scripture, the removal of all things biblical from public places. Over 60 Million babies have been aborted in the United States since the inception of Rove v Wade and that number is growing exponentially and has evolved to include late term and partial birth abortions. I can see no path to avert judgment if we continue our current course nationally.
The prophet obeyed God and his harlot wife conceived and gave birth to a daughter. The Spirit of God instructed the prophet to name that child “Lo-ruhamah” because God would no longer have compassion on the House of Israel but would have compassion on the House of Judah. A divided nation in which one segment rejected God and the other embraced Him. In a very real way, that is where we are in America today. Then, this harlot wife conceived again and gave birth to a son. The Spirit of God gave the instruction to name this child, “Lo-ammi” as a sign that the House of Israel were no longer considered by God as His people nor He their God. That is more a statement of the condition of their heart in rejecting God than God abandoning them permanently. It was designed as a call to repentance!
America, Christians, patriots our nation is divided and many are embracing lifestyles and views that are completely opposite of Scripture. God will not be patient and longsuffering always but will, at some point, say, as He did to Israel, “I no longer have compassion on you” and “You are not my people and I am not your God.” I personally, do not want to live in that land and at that time. Therefore, I am calling for all believers to ‘fast and pray’ for the nation. I call for every believer to ‘repent of sin’ personally and nationally. I call for every believer to adopt the directive and remedy found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Believers, if we repent and return to the LORD, He will return to us and our nation needs God to return and bring a revival in the land.
God, bless you as you embark on today’s portion of your life journey in Jesus!