NKJV - 4 Then the LORD said to him: "Call his name Jezreel, For in a little while I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
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The LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. Hos. 1:4 This prophecy Hos. 1:4 has already been fulfilled. ✿ Three Predictions--Fulfilled: 1. In a little while I will avenge the blood of Jezreel (Hos. 1:4; 2Ki. 9:16,25,33; 10:11,14-30). 2. I will cause the kingdom of Israel to cease (the ten tribes, Hos. 1:4; 2Ki. 17). 3. I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel (Hos. 1:5; 2Ki. 18:11). ✿ Jezreel is the name of Hosea's first son. God will scatter or sow. The meaning was that God would scatter Israel and sow them in all lands; and when His purpose for this was complete He would again sow them in their own land (Hos. 2:22-23). ✿ Jehu had carried out God's judgement on the house of Ahab; then he went into the same sins for which he had judged Ahab (2Ki. 10:31-36). This total destruction of the house of Ahab is called "the day of Jezreel" (Hos. 1:11). ✿ It was an appropriate picture of the terrible destruction in the day of the Lord and ARMAGEDDON.
In my opinion, in this passage, God's mention of "the blood of Jezreel" referred to the manner in which Jehu (despite his carrying out God's commanded destruction of the house of Ahab (2 Kings 9:7-10)) had exceeded God's directives by the blood he shed at Jezreel (2 Kings 10:11). In addition, God was also going to judge Jehu for continuing in the idolatry of Jeroboam the son of Nebat (2 Kings 10:29), to whom God had given the northern ten tribes of Israel as a judgment against the apostasy and idolatry of Solomon during the latter part of his reign (1 Kings 11)). (Jeroboam had set up golden calf idols in Bethel and Dan, and told the people of Israel that these idols were now to be their gods, so that the people of Israel would not have to go down to the temple that Solomon had built in Jerusalem in the southern kingdom of Judah for the observance of the Passover each year, which Jeroboam feared would cause them to rebel against him and to reunite with Judah.)
The "blood of Jezreel" refers initially to the episode of Naboth the Jezreelite who had a vineyard and refused to sell it to Ahab. Jezebel plotted against Naboth and had him stoned through trickery and deception, permitting Ahab to take possession of the vineyard (1 Kings 21:1-16). Ordinarily, the blood of Jezreel would be taken on the house of Ahab and Jezebel. But when Jehu succeeded Ahab, he slew all of his house and the prophets of Baal by trickery and deception. The blood of Naboth was avenged many fold, in fact too much. And Jehu also persisted in the sins of Jeroboam (2 Kings 10). The LORD decided to punish Jehu for his excessive blood letting - since the trickery of Jezebel with Naboth was far exceeded by the trickery and deception of Jehu in all the men he had slain. The punishment began the loss of territory and decline leading to the eventual fall of the Kingdom of Israel.
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