And the LORD said to him, “Call his name Jezreel, for in just a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.  And on that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.” (ESV)
We can make excuses for sin,
call sin something other than sin,
or maybe not even acknowledge sin as sin.
Sin is sin and sin always has consequences.
The person who commits the sin does not always suffer those consequences here on earth and perhaps someone else suffers the consequences, but there are still consequences.
For this sin of Jehu, there would be judgement eventually ending the kingdom of Israel.
 She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the LORD said to him, “Call her name No Mercy, for I will no more have mercy on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all.  But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the LORD their God. I will not save them by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or by horsemen.” (ESV)
What is the name that the LORD gives to the daughter?
The hebrew word used here is lo' racham, pronounced lo raw-kham.' Lo' means no, out of, and without. Racham means to have compassion, love, and mercy. Put them together and this daughter's name means no, out of, and without compassion, love, and mercy.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines mercy as compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender.
Mercy is sacrificing for someone else and showing compassion, especially to someone who does not deserve it. GOD is saying that He will no longer sacrifice for or have compassion on these offenders called Israel.
In verse 7, who does GOD say that He will have mercy on?
How does GOD say that He will save them?
The LORD mentions 5 things that He will not save Judah by. What are those 5 things?
These could have been things that Israel and Judah were putting their trust in to protect them from enemies, financial ruin, and/or even danger. These are things that Israel and Judah could have put their hope in. How will GOD miraculously accomplished saving Judah by the LORD their GOD? Tomorrow we will dig into the history of how GOD planned and did accomplished this. Tomorrow’s lesson is longer than most, so plan to schedule a little bit more time or complete it in 2 days. Cannot wait to meet back together again!
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