How would you like to hear that?
Hosea 1:8-9 – When she had weaned ‘No Pity’ (Lo-Ruhamah) she conceived again and gave birth to another son. Then the LORD said: “Name him ‘Not My People’ (Lo-Ammi), because you are not my people and I am not your God.”
I cannot really even fathom the idea of not being one of God’s children. Even more to be told by God that He is not my God – ouch. But this is the justice side of God. In verse seven we saw that God would be glorified through His grace and now we see that He will be glorified through His justice.
Do you think they stopped claiming to be God’s people? I imagine hundreds of years of boasting about being God’s chosen people would not end because a Prophet was claiming they were not His people. Overall, man is too prideful and arrogant for that.