Monday Meditation: People With No Name

Hosea 1:8–9

Today we come to a final result of spiritual adultery. The first few verses of Hosea introduce us to this prophet and his unusual marriage and family. God directed Hosea to marry a woman who would be martially unfaithful and as a result of that unfaithfulness children were born. One child seems to be conceived within the bounds of the marriage, but the text is inconclusive on who the father of the second two children were. It seems from the way Hosea’s wife is acting these children were the result of her prostitution and adultery.

Hosea tells us that after “No Mercy” was a few years old Gomer conceived another child. Again we have no indication that Hosea is the father and can speculate that Gomer has continued in her adultery and unfaithfulness to Gomer. She has abandoned her martial vows and played the harlot and is pregnant once again. This time with a second son.

The name God gives this child is the last word against Israel. God tells Hosea to name child number three Lo-Ammi or “Not my People”. The reason is that God has abandoned Israel, He disowns them as His. “They are not my people, and I am not their God.” The relationship is severed, God is finished with Israel. What terrifying words. Let’s be clear spiritual adultery un-names us from being the people of God.

Here Israel had lived and declared themselves to be God’s special people. They had a view of themselves that they would always be His and nothing they could ever do would forfeit that status. Yet God is telling them that their adultery is so profound and gross that He wants nothing to do with them. The nation is tarnishing His name more than they ever brought glory to it and He is finished.

In the church today this is nothing less than apostasy. On the day of judgement people who will have claimed to be God’s people, that were Christians will discover God disowns them. Jesus makes it clear in Matthew 7:21–23,

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

These are terrifying words, yet they are the clear result of spiritual adultery. Let me make it very clear here; if you believe that you can profess one thing about yourself and your relationship with God and live in a manner that is contradictory to that profession, you’re not what you profess. If you tell people that you love and value the gospel, but your lifestyle fails to reflect or even diminishes that gospel then you are not what you say you are. The result is God will disown you.

Is this you? Are you living a double life? Speaking one thing about yourself but the life you lead looks nothing like a person transformed by the grace of God? If so you are a spiritual adulterer. These are pretty serious words about our lives. God is laying all his cards on the table and saying to us, “This is what you are going to reap in your life if you persist in your adultery. This is how bad it will go for you.”

Do these results of spiritual adultery speak to you? Are you honest with yourself and the Bible that those who persist in spiritual adultery will see their greatest achievements as failures? That those who continue rebelling against God will find themselves unplugged from the very thing they need most, his grace? That those who would claim to be the people of God, if they persist in their worldly affections will find themselves un-named as God’s people? The results are tragic and astounding. But there is still today. There is still grace. It’s found all in the person and work of Jesus. Let’s flee from our adulteries and return to the faithful one, Jesus.