And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel.
The title is Hosea 1:5, which speaks of the LORD describing Israel by the homonym Jezreel, which means God will judge and God will sow. The verse prior says this will be when the LORD avenges the blood Jezreel upon the house of Jehu. The deep theology here is found in the culmination (the meaning of the name Gomer, the mother of Jezreel) of our receiving the full revelation, of the associated aspects, into one cohesive idea, (as the LORD is the light which is divided into these many hues.)
We know from 2 Kings 10 that Jehu destroyed all the worshippers of Baal, the idol Ahab brought in. As we know, Baal worship was a step in the degeneration that began with Jeroboam’s leading Israel away from God, which we are told of in 2 Chronicles 11. There in verse 15, we are told of his setting up calves in God’s place, and ordained priests: devils instead of Levites. The sin of Jehu, recorded in 2 Kings 10:29 thru 31, is that he destroyed the Baal worship, but continue on with the idols Jeroboam created, which were maintained by all the false kings of Israel after him, and by the devils in the false churches. We are told in 2 King 10:30 that because Jehu had destroyed the house Ahab (and Baal worship – but for his own self-serving purposes) he would have children that would sit on his throne for four generations after him. We are told of this end, in 2 Kings 15:8 thru 12, which come with the end of the six-month reign of Zachariah the son of Jeroboam II.
In that day, spoken of in the title verse, is referring to the end of Israel under the final king, who is Hosea; when Israel was carried away by Assyria. This is described in 2 Kings 18:9 thru 12, where it is revealed that the same steps (Assyria) become what leads to the eventual end of Judah. There we are told of Israel, her capital Samaria, besieged and taken, carried away by Assyria (steps) to the
The effects of this “carrying away,” the steps into desolation, are described in the name of the Medes’ cities mentioned in 2 Kings 18:11, “And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah [in pain] and in Habor [joining them to] by the river [the foreign ideas and ways flowing to them] of Gozan [cutting off – from God], and in the cities of the Medes:”
The “bow” Hosea 1:5 speaks of is later described, in Hosea 7:16, as the deceit of those who have led her. In this chapter is found the conclusion, that as did Jehu, God’s people now return to their idols, which have been put in God’s place, thinking they have returned to Him, and thinking this because those (devils) who’ve led them away from God to idols, tell them these calves are their gods.
Again, I urge you to read the chapters and passages referred to here, and in doing hear for yourselves the voice of the LORD speaking. This is for you to understand. It is not for those who observe lying vanities, and who in doing refuse God’s grace and mercy.
1 Hold not your peace, O God of my praise;
2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
6 Set you a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11 Let the extortioner catch all that he has; and let the strangers spoil his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity be cut off
14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be unto him as the garment which covers him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
20 Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
21 But do you for me, O God the LORD, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver
23 I am gone like the shadow when it declines: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
24 My knees are weak through fasting
25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shake their heads. 26 Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
27 That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
30 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.