Hosea 1:11. “Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.”
The beautiful Valley of Jezreel, in the top photo, lies south of the Sea of Galilee. It is also called the valley of Armageddon, and it includes both Mount Megiddo and the city of Megiddo. There is so much history in this area that it would take a whole book just to write it, and I’m sure someone else already has done so. Many believe that this area is where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought.
In today’s verse, God makes a wonderful promise. After Israel has suffered under Assyrian captivity, Israel would return to God. So great would be the restoration that the division between Israel and Judah, which lad lasted about 170 years, would be healed. Israel and Judah would once again exist as one nation, and they would once again be His people.
In this promise includes the redemption of the names of Hosea’s children. Jezreel, once judged by God and found wanting, would become great once again. Loruhama would be changed, redeemed, to “Mercy is Shown.” and LoAmmi would be redeemed to become “My People.”
God used Hosea and Gomer and their children as an object lesson to Israel. It is the picture of a merciful father who redeems his his wayward wife time after time, and still she chooses to go back to her sinful ways. Israel had been warned repeatedly that if they did not turn back to God, they would be judged; they would suffer; they would die.