THE HARSHEST criticism of Israel we’ve encountered so far is the focus of this week’s study. God calls the people of Judah a prostitute — except that prostitutes get paid, and Judah, said God, had been whoring with other gods for free.
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YOU’D THINK that prophets of Yahweh during the reign of good king Josiah would have been a little more upbeat. Not so much.
Zephaniah’s prophecy of the Day of YHWH (Day of the Lord), when the wrath of God against the apostate kingdom of Judah is echoed by Jeremiah, as they warned of a day when He will pour out His wrath on an unbelieving world.
JOSIAH IS remembered as one of the best kings of the House of David — indeed, he was the last good king of Israel.
King Josiah repaired the Temple, brought back the Law, and restored the Passover celebration, which hadn’t been kept properly since the days of the prophet Samuel.
THE DESTRUCTION of Assyria and the prophetic implications of its destruction are the focus of this week’s study.
Although the Assyrians had been used by God to punish the northern kingdom, Israel, for its apostasy, He saved Judah and Jerusalem through miraculous intervention. We discuss Hezekiah and his fall into destructive pride, the sin and repentance of Manasseh, and the brief reign of Manasseh’s son Amon, who obviously didn’t learn a thing from his father’s mistakes.
Then we analyze the prophecy of Nahum against the Assyrian capital of Nineveh and find surprising connections between Assyria and the kingdom that destroyed it, Babylon.