Tag: exile

Political Transcendentalism

It is said that the two subjects people should avoid in polite conversation are religion and politics. Within Christianity there is often an understandable desire to transcend the politics of the day: politics, by theContinue reading

Babylon

From its beginning Babylon represented human arrogance and rebellion; it would enjoy fleeting moments of glamour and glory on a global stage. Babylon the city, on the Great River Euphrates in Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq, wouldContinue reading

A Famine of the Word of YHWH

YHWH had persistently encouraged Israel to repent of their idolatry, their oppression of the poor, and their faithlessness toward Him through Amos of Tekoa (Amos 1:1-8:3). Israel believed they were entering a new golden age;Continue reading

The First Letter of Peter

Christians of Asia Minor sought to prove faithful to Jesus. They did good things for others but were persecuted for it. Religious persecution was a new thing for many of them. Peter wanted to encourageContinue reading

The Christian and the World

In this life the Christian finds him or herself in a challenging predicament. He or she has pledged loyalty to the Lord Jesus and to live according to what He has made known (Philippians 1:27,Continue reading

Ezekiel

For many Israelites exile began not in 586 BCE but in 597 BCE when Nebuchadnezzar exiled King Jehoiachin, much of the nobility and craftsmen, and some of the priests to Babylon (2 Kings 24:8-16). ManyContinue 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

Responding to Calamity

Imagine yourself in the following set of circumstances: you were living in a good land that you have heard was given to your ancestors by your mighty God. You heard the stories of how GodContinue reading