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Name The Child

Name The Child

04 July 2009

Scripture:

And the Lord said, “Name the child Jezreel, for I am about to punish King Jehu’s dynasty to avenge the murders he committed at Jezreel." (Hosea 1:4 NLT)

The ministries of Hosea (to Israel) and Isaiah (to Judah) overlapped by about 25 years. They both prophesied during the reigns of several kings, so they saw a pretty big picture of what was going on in their respective nations and in the world. Assyria, the first world-empire was about to burst on the scene and they both saw it coming and tried to warn their people.

Both were family men, but what a difference in their families! Isaiah married a prophetess and then as his sons were born, he prophetically named them according to messages God gave him. Hosea married a prostitute and as his children were born he prophetically named them for messages God gave him.

Their lives were their message. They lived their lives in their respective capital cities as a message to everyone who saw them, engaged them in conversation, or even lived nearby. In every interaction between Hosea and his wife Gomer, and Isaiah and his wife, they were prophesying, living God’s word in the community. Each time they spoke their children’s names, it was prophecy to the neighbors.

My life is my message. More than the words I write or speak. More than the projects I work on or the tasks I perform. More than the dreams or aspirations God has graciously given… My life is my message.

My life is my message. Every interaction between Jean and me, every time I speak to my kids – and my grandkids. Checkout lines at Safeway, passing on a two-lane road, picking up my dog’s messes when we’re out walking, offering to help, being a good neighbor… My life is my message.

Prayer:

Father, please let my life match my words and let my actions match my beliefs. Make my life-message your word to my world. Amen.

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