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September 10 Today’s Reading: Daniel 11-Hosea 1
“Great shall be the day of Jezreel.”
Daniel 11 assures us of God’s abiding, unfailing mercy, grace, love, and faithfulness to His chosen until “that that is determined shall be done” (Daniel 11:36). Even when His providence brings great sorrow, our heavenly Father’s eye is ever watching over us for good. O Holy Spirit, let me never forget this! Give me grace ever to trust my God!
Daniel closes his prophecy with a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Michael, the great Prince,” as our great Mediator. Without question, this Michael is our Savior (Revelation 12:7-11). It is He who stood up for us from everlasting, stands up for us now, and shall stand up for us forever (Proverbs 8:22-23; Psalm 40:6-8; Hebrews 7:24-25; 2 Thessalonians 1:10). That is our present and everlasting safety and security.
Then Hosea begins his prophecy by describing God’s undeserved love for His elect, and assuring us that it is, like our God Himself, immutable love.
“Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. 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.” (Hosea 1:10-11)
How sweetly we are reminded again and again, “He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock” (Jeremiah 31:10). Israel and Judah are here set before us as representing the whole “Israel of God,” the Church of God’s elect made up of Jew and Gentile, scattered among all the nations of the earth. Every sinner loved and chosen of God in eternal election and redeemed by the precious blood of Christ at Calvary shall be gathered to God by the omnipotent arm of His irresistible grace. In this Gospel age, with the calling of God’s elect from among all nations, Hosea’s prophecy is being fulfilled (Romans 9:26). And, soon, it shall be completely accomplished. — “And so all Israel shall be saved” (Romans 11:26). — “For great shall be the day of Jezreel!”