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He is Forever Faithful

Updated on June 9, 2015

Hosea 4:1

"Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land:  'There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.'"
"Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: 'There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.'"

Hosea 1:2

"When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to Him, 'Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord.'"
"When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to Him, 'Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord.'"

Hosea's Experiences

Hosea, the son of Beeri (also a prophet for the nation of Israel), prophesied for Israel under the rule of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah (all kings of the Southern Kingdom, Judah) and Jeroboam, son of Jehoash (kings of the Northern Kingdom, Israel). He was commanded, by God, to take for himself an adulterous wife, who he bore children with. These children were equally unfaithful during their own lives.

Why would God command someone to take a wife of disrepute? Many times, even today, we see the events in someone's life that lends experience to that person, and gives them a greater empathy for those around him or her. This was the case for Hosea. God needed him to experience a personal anguish in his marriage and family to understand more fully the wayward wanderings of the nation of Israel, God's children. Hosea's unfaithful wife and unfaithful children were paralleled with the unfaithfulness of the God's chosen people, who were led and ruled by unfaithful kings.

Hosea 1:4-5

"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."
"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."

The First Walking Prophecy

The children that Hosea and Gomer, his wife, had became walking prophecies unto the nation of Israel. These children were given names that would foretell great punishments that God would give to the Israelites for their unfaithfulness towards Him.

In Hosea, chapter 1, verse 3, Gomer conceived and gave a son to Hosea. This son's name was Jezreel because there would be punishment for the house of Jehu in the Valley of Jezreel.

The beginning of the story in I Kings, chapter 21 with the story of Naboth, of Jezreel, and his prized vineyard. Naboth's vineyard is adjoined to the property of King Ahab, king of the Kingdom of Israel, and the king wanted to purchase this vineyard. Naboth, however, refused to sell his vineyard to the king because the vineyard was his family inheritance. The angered king worried and stressed over this matter until his wife, Jezebel, came up with heinous plan to have Naboth falsely accused of treason. Naboth was accused, condemned and executed as a traitor, and his vineyard was satisfactorily handed over to King Ahab. It was this event that began the prophecies of the prophet Elijah in regards to the death of Queen Jezebel and the eventual annihilation of the whole house of King Ahab.

The story continues in 2 Kings 9, with the death of King Ahab. His son, Jehoram, then ascends to the throne of the Kingdom of Israel, and Jezebel becomes the Queen Mother. The Israelite army is encamped at Ramoth-Gilead, and if fighting the Arameans. King Jehoram was wounded early in the battle and goes to recover from his injuries at Jezreel. He is nursed by his mother, Jezebel, when his cousin, King Ahaziah, king of the Northern Kingdom, the Kingdom of Judah, comes to visit him. While these three royals are at Jezreel, they hear that Jehu, a commander of the Israelite army, has instead staged a coup, and is advancing rapidly towards Jezreel. The two kings, Ahaziah of Judah and Jehoram of Israel, ride out to meet Jehu. Jehu then murders Jehoram, throwing his body into the famous vineyard that once belonged to Naboth. Jehu then fatally wounds King Ahaziah, and continues with an attitude of triumph into Jezreel. When Jehu is met by a confrontational Jezebel, he has her thrown out of the window, where she is trampled to death under his horses’ hooves. Jezebel's body is left unattended and eaten by dogs, as prophesied by Elijah.

The final annihilation of the house of Ahab happens in 2 Kings 10. Jehu orders the complete destruction of the remainder of the house of Ahab. The 70 sons of Ahab, all residents of Samaria, are killed, and their heads are brought to Jezreel to be stacked up at the city gate.

If the area known as the Valley of Jezreel were to ever fall, Samaria, the ruling capital city of the Northern Kingdom would fall. And, if Samaria fell then the Kingdom of Israel would fall. And it did; in 720 BC (about that time), the Assyrian army conquered the Northern Kingdom and deported its citizens into exile.

Hosea 1:6

"Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter.  Then the Lord said to Hosea, "all her Lo-Ruhamah [not loved], for I will no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them."
"Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, "all her Lo-Ruhamah [not loved], for I will no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them."

The Second Walking Prophesy

After having Jezreel, Hosea and Gomer had a daughter, who was named Lo-Ruhamah, meaning "not loved." The Lord had told Hosea that He would no longer show love to the house of Israel.

This is a reference to the total destruction of the Northern Kingdom, the Kingdom of Israel. And, it was only after the return of the exiles from the Southern Kingdom, the Kingdom of Judah, that a restoration began to take place of the whole nation of Israel. No longer would there be two kingdoms. There would be only one nation of Israel, thereby fulfilling the prophesy that there would be a total destruction of the Northern Kingdom, the Kingdom of Israel.

Hosea 1:8-9

"After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son.  Then the Lord said, "Call him Lo-Ammi [not My people], for you are not My people, and I am not your God.'"
"After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, "Call him Lo-Ammi [not My people], for you are not My people, and I am not your God.'"

The Third Walking Prophesy

Hosea and Gomer then went on to have a third child, who was known as Lo-Ammi. This son's name meant "not My people." God had had His belly filled to full with the unfaithfulness of His people, and after many years of sending the prophets to declare to them their need to repent and come back to their God, God sent His wrath and judgment. There had been a final breach to the contract between God and the people. A contract that included, "I will be your God and you will be My people." (Jeremiah 7:23). It is in the naming of this third child of Hosea and Gomer that God gave a finality to the ending of the contract...Lo-Ammi, meaning, "not My people." This name, Lo-Ammi, was a symbolic announcement of the consequence for the actions of the people.

There is symbolism to the order of the names for each child as they were born, as well as the meaning for the names given. Jezreel (the end of a kingdom), Lo-Ruhamah (not loved) and Lo-Ammi (not My people)...in respective birth order, symbolically for the whole Northern Kingdom, Jezreel (national ruin), Lo-Ruhamah (loss of divine favor) and Lo-Ammi (forfeiture of position as the chosen people of God).

Stay Tuned...

In the book of Joel, He is the Spirit's power. Traditionally called the "Prophet of Pentecost," Joel has a prophecy of the outpouring of the Spirit. Joel was the type of man who could see the eternal fulfillment of God in this earthly temporal setting. Joel calls to his people, the citizens of the Kingdom of Judah, to repent, promising them that their repentance would call to them God's blessings, both in the material world and in the spiritual world.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Shirley

      So true. God is so faithful! Thank you for the reminder.

      Lawrence

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