Things have gone from bad to worse to done for Hosea, Gomer, Israel, and God. But God. There is always hope....continue reading "Hosea 3 (Israel)"
This psalm is listed along with II Kings 18 and II Chronicles 29-31, partial coverage of Hezekiah's reign....continue reading "Psalm 48"
I think humans have a default toward tribal thinking. We view "us" as superior and more cherished than "them". I don't think most people will agree that they, personally, are prone to it; but it shows up in a hundred different way in life. I spotted that thinking in myself when I saw that the next oracle wasn't a terrible foreign enemy, but our Jerusalem. This should remind us that when we act like the enemies of God, we shouldn't be surprised to find ourselves on a list that includes those we're acting like.
It seems like this chapter is related to the events immediately before, during, and/or after the reign of Hezekiah....continue reading "Isaiah 22 (Jerusalem)"
We just finished a bit of a deep dive into King Ahaz in Judah, now the Blue Letter Bible Bible Chronological reading list is having us read about King Hoshea in Israel before we return to Isaiah....continue reading "II Kings 17 (Israel)"
Isaiah has been prophesying about the end of Israel as a cautionary tale for Judah. We've seen that Assyria will be the instrument to crush Israel and then come for Jerusalem, sending Judah's villagers fleeing in fear. But the Lord will deal with Assyria and raise up a remnant of his people....continue reading "Isaiah 11 (Judah/Israel)"
Amos brings a final vision to the people in this final chapter of the book....continue reading "Amos 9 (Israel)"
Chronologically, I am reading II Kings and II Chronicles and the various prophets who tried to come alongside the rulers and people of the day. Today begins Amos' swing at bat....continue reading "Amos 1 (Israel)"
Isaiah begins with his indictment of Judah's behavior and a prophesy of their future which is also a parallel to the end times. Then we flash back to read about his calling. Now we are back in his historical timeline with the kings of his time....continue reading "II Kings 16; II Chron 28 & Isaiah 7 (Judah)"
Chapter 3 ends with the proud, seductive daughters of Zions being taken and abused as slaves in this time of terror and desolation. Chapter 4 opens with women so desperate for a husband, they agree to support themselves....continue reading "Isaiah 4 (Judah)"
I think we're heading into the beginning of the end of the nation of Israel prior to the Assyrian and Babylonia defeats....continue reading "II Kings 14; II Chronicles 25"