Jeremiah

Jeremiah 7-9

WOW.  We start chapter 7 with a bang! We have been reading this message for months and we don’t have many weeks left so it is time…it is time to dig in, let the Holy Spirit speak to YOU (the message is not for a friend, an athlete, a politician, a co-worker…BUT YOU)


Picture Jeremiah standing at the gate of the temple as people are coming in to offer their sacrifice.  Maybe it was during a Festival (I have no idea if it was) and the gate was crowded.

And he says to them:

“‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” 5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.

“‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury,[a] burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things? 11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.

You don’t need me to make application of this for us. God’s view of sin before the Cross and after the Cross is the same!  Raise your hand if we think He is softer on sin now than in the Old Testament.  We I go about our  my life, doing things we know are not pleasing to the Lord (in deed or in thought), and then walk into church on Sunday.

Do we even stop to think about what God asks of us?

Proverbs 21:3 To do what is right and just
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

The words of Jesus in Matthew 9:13  ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’


Chapter 8:

Even the stork in the sky
    knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
    observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know
    the requirements of the Lord.

That was a punch in the stomach for sure.  Birds know when to fly south for the winter BUT Christians do not know the Word of God!

Wait till you read this one:

“‘How can you say, “We are wise,
    for we have the law of the Lord,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
    has handled it falsely?

The leaders of the Temple had their own agenda and handled God’s words falsely.  Do you know how many times I have read a commentary, listen to a Podcast, you-tubed a sermon, or simply just believed what a pastor said in church without filtering it through the Bible itself.

I heard once a great man say “When you train with the FBI they make you study real money intensely!  When they  come upon a counterfeit bill they can spot it immediately” (They never study the counterfeit).  The people in Judah never studied the Law so they believed the leaders fo the Temple (good grief…we read about some of the Kings!) and were led astray.    THIS MAKES ME SO GLAD WE TAKE THE TIME EACH AND EVERY DAY  (lol, and catch up days) TO READ THE BIBLE THIS YEAR!

Raise your hand if you have seen a TV show or a Movie (clearly I am back in ‘teacher mode’).   What is the theme of everything in Hollywood?  Follow your heart!  Be Happy!   I can tell you I have said this to my own kids.  BUT in a few hours I leave out for Chattanooga as I bring my daughter to college.  After reading the Bible I will not say “I just want you to be happy” I will say “I want you to be Holy (set apart from the world).  When we are Holy we walk in step with the Spirit:

Galatians 5:22

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 

Finally: obviously I am in a New Testament mood…so I will cross reference is for you…

23 This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.

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Jeremiah

Jeremiah 4-6

I am going to keep this short giving some people some “catch up time”.

We ended chapter 3 into chapter 4 with God begging His people to come back to him.  They needed to cultivate soft hearts that would welcome the Lord’s words.  The Judahites—having sinned greatly (ch. 2)—failed to repent (ch. 3). Consequently, judgment in the form of military invasion would overtake them. This whole section, chapters 4-10 is a vision of the enemy coming from the North (Babylon).

When I was studying this morning I came upon some commentaries that paralleled the Babylonian Captivity with Terrorists in America.  It is easy for us to about the Babylonian captivity and say “Well, God warned you” “He was patient” “They didn’t listen”…..etc.  However, I was tore up a bit this morning thinking about this parallel scenario in America as terrorist invade us.

18 “Your own conduct and actions
    have brought this on you.
This is your punishment.
    How bitter it is!
    How it pierces to the heart!”


Ch 5

18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not destroy you completely. 19 And when the people ask, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.’

Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,
    who have eyes but do not see,
    who have ears but do not hear:
22 Should you not fear me?” declares the Lord.
    “Should you not tremble in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,
    an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
    they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts;
    they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
    your sins have deprived you of good.


Chapter 6

10 To whom can I speak and give warning?
    Who will listen to me?
Their ears are closed
    so they cannot hear.
The word of the Lord is offensive to them;
    they find no pleasure in it.
11 But I am full of the wrath of the Lord,
    and I cannot hold it in.

I could literally cut and paste this whole chapter!  Can we see modern day application?  Can we see the 2nd coming application?

Jeremiah

Jeremiah 1-3

Week 36 Study Page - Jeremiah 18-35 — MADISON CHURCH OF CHRIST

This visual sums up the first paragraph:

The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.


God identified Himself to be sovereign over Jeremiah in that He

  • knew Jeremiah before he was born,
  • had caused him to be born
  • had separated him for a holy service.

The Lord gave Jeremiah two visions to clarify his message.  The first deals with the time of judgment and the second with the direction and nature of it.

I Am Watching: Almond Branch Double-Sided Pendant –

The connection with the almond branch is a play on words. “Almond” is shaqed in Hebrew, which also means “awake,” and “watching” is shoqed. The meaning seems to be that just as the blooming of the almond branch announced that spring was near, so the prophet’s word would bring the prophecy awake.  (in the Spring).

The Lord directed Jeremiah to view a boiling pot that was tipped so that it was about to pour its contents out toward the south. The Lord explained that the contents of the boiling pot represented an evil that would overflow upon all the inhabitants of Judah from the north.  I believe this refers to Babylon.

16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people
    because of their wickedness in forsaking me,
in burning incense to other gods
    and in worshiping what their hands have made.


Chapter 2 broke my heart.  You can feel the Lord’s emotions

“What did I do wrong?”

“What fault did your ancestors find in me,
    that they strayed so far from me?

Have I not been there for you?

I brought you into a fertile land
    to eat its fruit and rich produce.

Even the ones at church the temple do not really know me

Those who deal with the law did not know me;
    the leaders rebelled against me.

You rejected my way and created your own way.

13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
    the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
    broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

Wait for it…You read the scriptures and think of “other” people and their sins, not your own!

23 “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled;
    I have not run after the Baals’?

This one is really personal: Where is the “world” for you now.  You ONLY come to me when you need me.  Ouch!

28 Where then are the gods you made for yourselves?
    Let them come if they can save you
    when you are in trouble!
For you, Judah, have as many gods
    as you have towns.


Chapter 3:-The Lord speaks of His people in a marriage to Him

“If a man divorces his wife
    and she leaves him and marries another man,
should he return to her again?
    Would not the land be completely defiled?
But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers—
    would you now return to me?”
declares the Lord.

Judah SAW what happened to Israel and the Lord wanted Judah to learn from that:

 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. 

WOW!!!

11 The Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah

Soak that up for a minute!  The world looks better than the Church at times!

And it ends with:

We have sinned against the Lord our God,
    both we and our ancestors;
from our youth till this day
    we have not obeyed the Lord our God.”

THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT BOOK!!!!

Book Overviews · Jeremiah

Jeremiah Overview

We are about to read:

  • Jeremiah
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel

(By the way…if you are behind…you really can jump in here, you won’t be lost.  We have been reading 300 years of the same “message”)-Turn or Burn…Get Right or you will be Left….(I crack myself up!)

We are at the edge of the Babylonian Captivity YIKES!!. Until now the prophets have spoken that one day it will happen.  WELL, Jeremiah “the weeping prophet” is going to bring a message to the people that it will happen now.  We will see it through his eyes: from an “outsider’s perspective”.  He does not go with them into captivity.

  • THEN we will be with Daniel when the first captives are taken into exile.
  • THEN the final wave of captives will be taken and we will experience that through Ezekiel.

Jeremiah is a book not written in chronological order.  Try to imagine it this way, he had this huge scroll and after years and years of preaching his messages he would sporadically write them down, not in order, just as they came back to him (I think of him as my ADHD prophet)😝.  He then had a scribe, Baruch,  write them into a book.  It can, however, be divided into 4 sections:

  1. The call of the prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 1)
  2. The Prophecies of Judah (Chapters 2-45)
  3. The Prophecies to the Gentiles (Chapters 46-51)
  4. The Fall of Jerusalem (Chapter 52)

Jeremiah lived about 100 years after Isaiah preached.  Jeremiah was called to be a prophet in 626 BC.  Let me start with the international situation of the day.

  • The three world powers: Assyria, Babylon and Egypt.
  • For 300 years Assyria (Ninevah is the capital), ruled the world.  But as predicted,  the country weakening and Babylon is becoming more powerful.
  • Egypt was the world power before the Exodus and they want it again!
  • About the midpoint in Jeremiah’s life Babylon wins,  defeating Assyria (about 610 B.C.) and 4 years later beats Egypt (Battle of Carchemish).

For 70 years Babylonia will rule the world, while the Jewish people are in the Babylonian captivity.

Week 37 Study Page - Jeremiah 36-52 — MADISON CHURCH OF CHRIST

Look at this crazy good visual…and smile because it is not clear as mud anymore to see something like this!  I LOVE this visual so if you want to print it click here.


Jeremiah was born into the priesthood, his father may have been Hilkiah the priest, who brought the book of the law to king Josiah, which started the great reform.  So we can assume that Jeremiah was religious, but God also had plans for him.  He called him to be a prophet during the most trying times of the Jewish people.  But God has a plan for all of us and sometimes it is the last thing we want to do.

He was called to be a prophet in the 13th year of Josiah’s reign.  Jeremiah’s reign was never a popular one, like most of God’s men, he was beaten for it.  He is called the “weeping prophet” for his sympathy and concern for the people of Judah for their rebellious and imminent doom.  We will hear his lament in the book of Lamentations.

This book is impossible to read chronologically, the end is in the beginning and the beginning in the end. Jeremiah will use props to engage the people to bring a teachable sermon, for example, an almond rod, a boiling cauldron, a marred girdle, a full bottle, a drought, a potters vessel, a broken bottle, 2 baskets of figs, bands and bars, a field, hidden stones, and a book.  Also, to get people to understand who the coming Messiah is to the world,  Jeremiah will refer to him as a Fountain of Living Water, a Great Physician, a Good Shepard, a Righteous Branch, a King, the Redeemer, and The Lord our Righteousness. ❤

Zephaniah

Zephaniah 1-3

Introduction of Zephaniah | Evidence Unseen

Chapter 1 begins with a conclusion of Judgement on the entire Earth: man, animals, and nature!  We know from our past reads that this prophecy will include the Babylonian captivity with a second embedded prophecy of End Times.

We turn now to the Judgement on Israel.  The most fundemtnatl sin is the first 2 commandemtns:  Exodus 20:

“You shall have no other gods before] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

During the time of Manasseh he had made Jerusalem a center of pagan worship.  The people were worshiping false gods such as Baal ‘lord’ and Moloch (they would sacrifice their babies in the fire to the god)

GOD Rejected ISRAEL #Moloch #Baal - YouTube

When the Assyrians took Israel back in 722 they introduced new forms of worship: sun gods, moon gods, and worshiping the stars (like some people rely in superstitions or astronomy today).

Chapter 1 goes deep.  There are technically 3 oracles of judgement.  First judgement will come upon the nobles, the traders and the wealthy.  They have abused their power.  The second oracle (verse 10) is the business men:  The fish gate and the New Quarter were the “financial district” where the merchants would come in. (Nothing hits them harder than in the wallet)

The Gates and Walls

The Fish Gate - Wednesday Evening Service 8/22/18 - Pastor Bob ...

By verse 13 we see judgement on those that relied on their wealth for security.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold
    will be able to save them
    on the day of the Lord’s wrath.”


intense huh!!


Chapter 2- God begs us to seek Him!  He calls Judah to repent and then speaks of the Judgement of the foreign nations.  Philistia is the first nation mentioning specifically the cities of Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, and Ekron. (Gath isn’t mentioned because it has already been destroyed)

Map of the Territory of the Philistines (Bible History Online)

However, God uses the judgement of the evil nations to make a land for the Remnant people when they return.

That land will belong
    to the remnant of the people of Judah;
    there they will find pasture.

Moab and Ammon:  OK…let’s see who has a memory??  Where did these nations begin?  Who can remember without cheating?

Chapter 2 ends with Cush (Egypt) and Assyria.   We have mentioned several times the three world powers surrounding Israel.  He will destroy Cush and Assyria, leaving Babylon as the instrument to take Judah in captivity…THEN He will deal with Babylon.

Empires Attack the Promised Land — Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY


Chapter 3

The charges against Judah:

  • Jerusalem is corrupt
  • They have forsaken the Lord
  • Their leaders are evil

BUT!!!   Why does God discipline His chosen people??  Why does a parent?  To correct them and bring them back.  Starting in verse 9 you see a Restoration of the nation brought our of captivity.

17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

He loves us

20 At that time I will gather you;
    at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise
    among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes[l]
    before your very eyes,”
says the Lord.

Many see this book as wrath.  I see Love.

 

Book Overviews · Zephaniah

Zephaniah Overview

It is hard sometimes to see the overall theme in the Prophecy books.  The Key is to look at God’s character, not the people.  Amos, Obadiah and Nahum were all about God’s judgment; Isaiah was about God’s Salvation, Jonah about God’s Love, and now Zephaniah is about God’s Restoration.  “The great day of the Lord is near” v 1:14 .

Zephaniah:  the first verse is:

The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:

So what do we know…if he was the great great grandson of Hezekiah he has seen Jerusalem at it’s best…fall to it’s worst and then again at it’s best with Josiah.

So Zephaniah speaks from experience and will bring a strong message to the people.  He prophesied in the days of King Josiah, born probably while Manasseh was king, I remember he was a BAD king because I use the middle 3 letters in his name as a reminder..

So the little we do know about Zephaniah was that he was royalty, a prince most likely, in the line of Judah.  Fifty years has elapsed since the prophecy of Nahum, and three descendants have taken the throne since Hezekiah, all wicked and idol worshiping.  Social injustice is at an all time high, the rich are wealthy and the poor are starving.  Idol  worship is practiced by most.

Zephaniah will speak of a Loving God, yet a Strong God.  Zephaniah will also speak of the doom to come to Nineveh that Nahum prophesied.   Moreover,  Zephaniah will speak directly of denouncing idolatry.  Remember back when Josiah  became king and smashed down the alters and idols.

This book will end very different than the way it will begin.  It begins in sorrow but ends in Glory.  Zephaniah will tell:

  • That the faithful remnant will be delivered from captivity
  • That the Gentile nation will be converted (Yay!)
  • That one day everyone will worship the Lord, not just in Jerusalem.

Enjoy the read tomorrow…

ONLY 57 days away from the New Testament!!  You have been reading for 218 Days!!  YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!

2 Chronicles · 2 Kings

2 Kings 22-23, 2 Chron 34-35

On April 9th we read about the Hebrews asking for a king!  116 days ago!!

The Lord WARNED them that it was not what they needed, they needed God to be their King.  They said no thanks, and God gave them what they asked for to show them they were wrong.  That was in 1046 BC.  500 years has passed and we are about to read the last 5 kings of Judah.

Last 5 Kings of Judah

03 last five kings of juda

Click here if you want to print this one.  But I will post it again this week.


2 Kings 22 “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.”  Ok…so you know I need my trusty line graph to prepare myself!  So Manasseh and Amon were his father and grandfather….terrible role models. BUT Josiah comes on the scene at a mere 8 years old so obviously he wasn’t’ old enough to follow in their footsteps.  He shoots straight up to the “revival” section…BUT we can see he is the LAST good king…

It saddens me that since Hezekiah the Temple has to be repaired again after the damage Manasseh and Amon did making alters to foreign gods in it.  Young Josiah puts the task to repair the temple when the Book of the Law was found.  WHAT???  I honestly didn’t realize it was lost.

Who remembers when I used to repeat Deuteronomy 17 over and over…What was a King supposed to do??

The King must:

  1. He must be the one the Lord chooses
  2. He must not multiply his horses for military purposes
  3. He must not acquire many wives
  4. He must make a copy of the Law and have it with him at all times.  He will read it every day.

So imagine finding the Book of the Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and reading ALL that they are not doing according to God’s plan and then realizing that the King should have been reading it everyday.  (Kind of like me finding my dusty Bible in December)

Tickled Pink Life » 31 Days – Josiah and the Provision of a ...


Entering stage left is a prophetess!  Yaaaasssss!  Huldah.  BUT her message was bittersweet.  Judah will be destroyed, but I will wait till after your death to do it.

Chapter 23- It takes 20 verses to describe how many pagan altars Josiah had to demolish in the Temple area.  The only thing he left from the “yester-year” were the bones of the prophets that disobeyed God’s commands in 1 kings 13.

Josiah makes an atonement for their sins:

2Josiah slaughtered all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones on them. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

This was the same atonement that was made when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai to find the people  worshiping the golden calf!.

Exodus 32:  27 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”

(if this confuses you…let me know).


NOW let’s start putting all the pieced together.  ALL those prophecy books…all the splintered facts we have…they all fit.  Remember I was talking about the world powers in the prophecy books…who can remember them??

Map of Middle East at 3500BC | TimeMaps

Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon.

29 While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went up to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to meet him in battle, but Necho faced him and killed him at Megiddo.

And then finally we read about the next 2 kings…who did evil in the eyes of the Lord…

  • Jehoahaz King of Judah
  • Jehoiakim King of Judah

2 Chron 34-35-  SOoooo I was a little lazy and read only kings before I wrote this and then I listened to 2 Chronicles.  It’s been a while since we read these side by side and I forget that I like the detail from the Chronicler.  Just know when you read it you are reading it from the Priestly view so you will definitely see more of the Temple “workings”.


Thank you for all the encouragement.  I love you guys.-  Patricia Szymanski

Nahum

Nahum

The book of Nahum.

The Overview I posted last night is really the post for this read.This is a very interesting book, one that I actually cycled through twice because it really gave us a clear picture of God’s character.  People who don’t know God would read this book and the anger and vengeance would be the theme for them.  However, I know Him and that is not what stood out to me.   I see His Hand of protection for those that are His.  As you read this, depending on the season of your life God may highlight it as historical reading, after all, this entire account is recorded in the Babylonian Cuneiform Tablets

FOUR OLD BABYLONIAN CLAY CUNEIFORM TABLETS | CIRCA 1900-1600 B.C. ...

You can also see the Final Battle where The Lord will take down Satan and his army.  Or you may need this as a personal read if you are under attach.

Have a great day and know that God is jealous for you…so put Him First.

Book Overviews · Nahum

Nahum Overview for tomorroe

Jerusalem in the context of the Middle East cities of Nineveh and ...

The theme of this book is the destruction of Nineveh.  I know you recognize the name, Nineveh.  But from where?  Jonah!  Jonah about 150 years ago saw Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, repent before his very eyes.  However, much time has passed and they did not stick to their conviction. These people were not just backsliders; they deliberately rejected God.  So now what?  God needs to judge a sinning world.

Nineveh is the capital of Assyria. (Modern day Iraq)  The Assyrians were a huge and cruel nation.  They were warriors that built their kingdom on their pillage from other countries.  Their morals were horrible.  The Assyrian kings kept detailed record of their conquests and made art of their brutalities to hang on their walls.  They spread complete fear throughout the land in order to keep the nations inline to pay them taxes.

Archaeologist have uncovered some of their documentation: here are the people of Nineveh:

  • Cut off their hands and fingers. Others cut off their noses, ears and fingers.
  • Put out many of their eyes. Skin them alive and put their skin on the walls of the cities they conquered.
  • Cut off their heads and put them on stakes and line the roads to their city.
  • Swing babies by their ankles and crack their heads against a stone wall.
  • Formed pillars of their corpses.
  • Impaled men on stakes against their city gate.
  • Cut off their privates and had carried about as an object lesson for all lands.
  • Cut off their testicles and tore out their privates like seeds
  • They skinned men alive
  • Cut out their tongues
  • Gauged out their eyes for fun
  • Dismembered their bodies
  • and then made mounds of the skulls as decorations in their empire

To name a few!

God sent Nahum to predict the final doom on Nineveh’s empire.  You have to know how this must have sounded.  Picture this most powerful nation in the world, the world leader (interesting).  Assyria for the past 300 years has built an empire so big it was a fortified city.  The walls were 100 feet high, wide enough for 4 chariots to run side by side on.  The city circumference was 80 miles (close your eyes and picture how far 80 miles is from your house).  It had a moat that was 140 feet wide and 60 feet deep.  It had hundreds of towers for its protection.  Talk about feeling safe and complacent.  But what is a city without the Lord in it? Again…I say interesting!

When you read this story think of it personally and nationally today.  Nineveh was overthrown for its sin.  Her great wealth and power could not save her.  A person or a nation that deliberately and finally rejects God has a very fatal ending.

2 Chronicles

2 Chron. 32-33

No you are not nuts….we have read this before.  2 Kings told this story, then Isaiah, now the Chronicler…..I chose to listen this morning to the read since I didn’t have to underline or take notes. (for once)

recap:

After the Kingdom divided we have:

  • 10 tribes-North called Israel
  • 2 tribes-South called Judah
  • The king of Assyria: Sennacherib attacked and deported the Northern tribes. (722 BC)
  • Now it is year 701 BC (Sennacherib attacks Lachish and sets towards Jerusalem)

Israel - Ancient History Encyclopedia

Hezekiah (King of Judah)- You knew that!  Aren’t’ you amazed with all you have learned…You got this…

Says:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

BUT… Sennacharib (king of Assyria…but you knew that too) says:

15 Now do not let Hezekiah deceive you and mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my predecessors. How much less will your god deliver you from my hand!”

So guess who showed up!  The Lord!!

20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king.

Army Of Sennacherib Drawing by Gustave Dore

BUT even though Hezekiah did everything right…No one in the Bible is without fault except Jesus…NO ONE.  Hezekiah became prideful.

26 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.

(BUT it will happen in 150 years)


Chapter 33-Manasseh

So we read about him yesterday and what a HORRIBLE king he was BUT God is in the business of restoration!   My favorite story in the Bible reminds me everyday: Jesus said in Matthew 9

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. ’For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Manassah-13 And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.

Then we have King Amon….😵  Another bad king…