ISAIAH’S PROPHECY of a new heaven and new Earth is the focus of this week’s Old Testament study. We note sections where Isaiah is cited by later prophets, highlight another example of the divine council worldview (God’s condemnation of a ritual meal for the Canaanite gods Gad and Meni), and discuss the parallels between the last chapters of Isaiah and the last chapters of Revelation.
We also return to the history of 2 Kings for Hezekiah’s miraculous healing and a summary of the reign of his wicked son and grandson, Manasseh and Amon.
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THE ISRAELITES have crossed the Jordan and defeated the giant clans in two separate campaigns through the hill countries of Judah and Israel. Today we look at the division of Canaan among the 9-1/2 tribes still waiting to occupy their inheritance. (Remember, Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh took their shares east of the Jordan.)
We struggle through long lists of Hebrew names as we read the catalog of cities and kings that would be subject to the Israelites. We also discuss the faith of Caleb in asking for Hebron, a city owned by the Anakim (descendants of the Nephilim), as his family’s portion, and contrast that with the complaints of the tribe of Ephraim and the half-tribe of Manasseh, who were apparently unhappy with their allotment because the Canaanites in the lowlands had iron chariots and the hill country was full of trees.
For great maps to help visualize the locations described in the Bible, see this collection of maps in the public domain and these high-resolution Bible study maps.
OUR BIBLE study continues as we dig into the last three chapters of the book of Genesis. We look at Israel’s blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh and his prophecies over his sons — especially Judah, Joseph, Ephraim, and Dan.
Those prophecies have been twisted over the years to justify some unbiblical teachings such as British Israelism and the Christian Identity movement. We touch on these very briefly.