Tag: judah

A Terrifying Invasion

The Israelites faced the prospect of a debilitating, devastating invasion. Joel, son of Pethuel, was called to warn Israel to repentance. All we know about Joel (“YHWH God,” or “one serving YHWH as God”; JoelContinue reading

Make Judah Great Again

“Thus speaketh YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels ofContinue reading

The Cyrus Cylinder

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of YHWH by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, YHWH stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so thatContinue reading

Isaiah 1-39

The Kingdom of Judah faced successive existential dangers: first the allied forces of the Kingdoms of Aram and Israel and then the mighty Assyrian Empire. The Davidic kings were tempted to look to Assyria orContinue reading

Nehemiah

Judah was in distress: the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, their enemies held the upper hand, and those with prestige frequently flaunted God’s standards. One man in a privileged position rose up to championContinue reading

2 Chronicles

The Chronicler had set forth how David established his kingdom and the organization of the Temple soon to be built. He now relates how that Temple would be built, and ultimately, how it would beContinue reading

1 Kings

David left a strong, prosperous empire for his son Solomon. The good times would last for awhile, but difficult days lay ahead. These events are described in 1 Kings. 1 Kings is the eleventh bookContinue reading

Ruth

The days during the period of the judges were bleak. Idolatry and sinfulness were rampant; people did what was right in their own eyes. But not all was lost; some sought refuge in YHWH, theContinue reading

The Prophet Micah

Things seemed great for Samaria and Jerusalem: the two kingdoms enjoyed a level of prosperity and security. Surely YHWH was blessing His people! Within forty years Assyria fully ravaged Israel and all of Judah surroundingContinue reading