Hosea 1:4
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4  and Hashem instructed him, “Name him Yizrael; for, I will soon punish the House of Yehu for the bloody deeds at Yizrael and put an end to the monarchy of the House of Yisrael.

va-YO-mer a-do-NAI ay-LAV k’-RA sh’-MO yiz-r’-EL kee OD m’-AT u-FA-kad-TEE et d’-MAY yiz-r’-EL al BAYT yay-HU v’-HISH-ba-TEE mam-l’-KHUT BAYT yis-ra-AYL

ד  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֵלָיו קְרָא שְׁמוֹ יִזְרְעֶאל כִּי־עוֹד מְעַט וּפָקַדְתִּי אֶת־דְּמֵי יִזְרְעֶאל עַל־בֵּית יֵהוּא וְהִשְׁבַּתִּי מַמְלְכוּת בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

 1:4  I will soon punish the House of Yehu for the bloody deeds at Yizrael

Hoshea describes how the nation’s present troubles stem from the manner in which the ruling dynasty of the kingdom of Israel, the house of Yehu, had achieved power. The Yizrael valley runs through the northern hills of Israel, from Megiddo to Beit Shean, and was one of the major highways in antiquity. The ancient city of Yizrael, located on the western edge of the Gilboa mountain range, overlooked the valley and was a very important city for the northern kingdom of Yisrael. It was strategically located, affording great military advantage, and the nearby Yizrael spring provided ample water for the city as well as for travellers. It was there that the coup d’état, in which Yehu overthrew the idolatrous house of Achav, took place. Though originally supported by the prophet Elisha, the takeover became exceedingly violent and bloodthirsty, and Hoshea promises that Yehu will be punished accordingly. Hoshea reminds us that even when beginning with good intentions, power and authority can easily corrupt.

Tel Yizrael looking east toward Gilboa

A lookout over the Yizrael Valley in northern Israel.

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  • Ummm! G-d is the one who promotes and demotes isn't he. For all that Jehu's action were for the right reason he still overstepped the boundaries that G-d gives us. Absolute authority can easily corrupt! having said that it would be so easy to presume to do something, thinking that G-d would agree. There are two words whose actions I abhor they are presumption and assumption – perhaps Jehu presumed to much.


Hosea 1:4

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