10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:10
This saying from Peter hearkens back to the story of Hosea. Hosea was a prophet of God who was required to marry an unfaithful (and that is putting it mildly) woman. Their life and marriage was a living picture of God’s dealing with His people, and apparently not just the nation of Israel. Two of the children received these “odd” names: No Mercy and Not My People. Scripture leaves doubt about their true paternity and yet Hosea will claim them as his own. God later uses this as an object lesson as well and renames them: Mercy and My People.
Peter picks up this story and brings the analogy forward to those of us who were grafted in to God’s people of Israel. Once we were not a part, but now we are God’s people. God has claimed us as His own despite where we might have come from at the start. At one time we had no expectation of mercy; but now we have received mercy, undeserved mercy from Jesus Himself. Since you have received mercy, show mercy today.(Luke 6:36)