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Why would God ask Hosea to give his children depressing names?


Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”
Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”
After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God. Hosea 1:4-9
I will plant her for myself in the land;
    I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’;
    and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”  Hosea 2:23
            God asked prophets to do some difficult tasks.  In addition to asking Hosea to marry a prostitute, God told Hosea to give his children depressing names that were descriptions of the people in Israel. 
            Because of their sins, God “punished” them, separated himself from them in his heart and declared them no longer his people.  The children of Hosea were reminders of that everywhere they went.
            While difficult to see a child grow up with that name, it was even more tragic that the Israelites had strayed so far from God.