God continued telling of the punishment of His people in verse 5. The story then shifts back to Gomer (who is a type for Israel), and the next child that she bears. Notice this time, Gomer conceived, but there is no mention of Hosea being the father. In verse 3 we saw that Hosea, “went and took Gomer…and she conceived.” Thus this child born in verse 6 was born out of an adulterous relationship. Or as we see Israel, they decided to follow after other gods! What a picture! The name of this child, a daughter, would be Lo-ruhamah (verse 6). Lo-ruhamah in Hebrew means “no compassion.” And God explains the name of the child (also a type for the offspring of Israel) for the rest of the verse. In a twist of events however, God relayed that He would have compassion on the house of Judah (verse 7).
When Gomer weaned Lo-ruhamah, once again she gave birth to another adulterous child, this time a boy (verses 8-9). This child’s name would be Lo-ammi, meaning “not my people.”
Kingdom Truth Reflection:
WAIT JUST A SECOND! Are we to infer from these verses and the names of these children, that the God who had compassion on the Ninevites now had not compassion on His own people?! Are we seeing here that God has abandoned His people, even though He promised He would never leave them or forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:6)? Or are we seeing that because Israel acted the way they did, God was just in walking away from them?
The answer comes in verse 10. Although God WILL punish Israel for what they had done (because He had to…making Him a perfectly just God), He would still give them what He promised them. They would be like the “sand on the sea,” implying that even though they were in the world (sea is a type for the world), they would still be His people because of the promise God made with Abraham. Notice what God promises in verse 11. Even though a punishment of God’s own people is coming, the sons of Judah AND THE SONS OF ISRAEL will come together! Yes, God was going to chastise His own. He would have Israel (and Judah as well) endure exile for a time, but it would not last forever.
TYPE ALERT!!! The same is true of God’s people today! When the rapture happens and all of the people of God go to the Judgment Seat of Christ, some (due to their adultery, i.e. loving the world more than God) will endure chastisement (1 Cor. 3:15), yet in the end they will enter eternal life! The Old Testament is littered with example of how God chastised His own people! Why would we think we are any different?!
Remember beloved, God’s ways are not our ways. God is a God of love, compassion, mercy…and justice. If He were to chastise an unfaithful generation, He is well within His right to do so. Lesson learned: be obedient.