The promise for the adoption of two children named No Mercy and Not My People
Maybe you’ve heard that old Idiom: ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’. Well, for Israel, times were horrible in the northern kingdom. They had abandoned God and pursued their own lustful desires. In a minute we’ll look at a strange passage out of Hosea that addresses this.
If you’ve ever studied creative story writing you’ve likely noticed that when a writer wants to make sure you get an important point they sometimes use radical metaphors or extreme examples to shock you into listening closely. In the book of Hosea God becomes a story teller with human clay and proclaims an extreme allegory to Israel… not in the form of words only but with the prophet Hosea’s real life. This story would appear so far out from what is right and good that it would seem almost impossible that even hard hearted people would miss this real life parable which was all about them.
Well, God told Hosea to take a prostitute as his wife. What? a godly man and prophet of the Lord? That must have turned a lot of self righteous heads in Israel… And so he took a prostitute as his wife just as God would do in taking a broken sinful people as his own bride. That was part of the prophecy. And so, his prostitute wife Gomer conceives and had a baby girl. Now if you’ve ever picked out baby names you know how important it is to choose the perfect name. I think Mercy would be a nice name for a girl but the name God chose for Hosea to call her was No Mercy. He chose that name because he would no more have mercy on the house of Israel. Gomer conceived again and this time bore a son. God said to call his name “Not My People”.
Now the northern kingdom of Israel which was made up of 10 tribes was very sinful and had forsaken God as they had done so many times before. They also as I understand lived among Gentiles worshiping their gods. They did not know the one true God… God said he would put an end to the house of Israel and so they would be taken into captivity for the final time.
Paul refers to this later in Romans 11:20 …They were broken off because of their unbelief…
Then Paul includes all nations of the world were right there along with ethnic Israel in unbelief. He summarizes this in:
Romans 11:32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
And so back to Hosea; in chapter 2 God makes a promise concerning Hosea’s two children… This is our promise for today's devotion:
Hosea2:2 …And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”
Paul references this great promise to both Jews and Gentiles in:
Romans 9:25 As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” 26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
In Romans Paul alludes to these people God has mercy on and calls his people as being called out of not only the ethnic Israel but also all people groups... and he speak of them as spiritual Jews and the true Israel. Here's one of many references: Romans 2:28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
Yes, those who receive mercy become the true Spiritual Israel and people of God; not because of works but by Gods grace and through faith.
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
Thank You Lord for this promise of mercy for us who were not looking for you. Thank you for bringing us to yourself, showing us your glory and giving us an inheritance with you forever.