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The Fall of Israel

“Despite prophetic warnings, Israel still rejects God, and the end is at hand for the northern tribes.  Last-minute desperation will lead to an alliance with Egypt in an effort to stave off Assyria, bu the cause is hopeless.  After a three-year siege, Samaria will fall and many of the people of Israel will be led captive to Assyria.”

Read:  2 Kings 17:3-41, 18:9-12

“In Judah, meanwhile, Hezekiah holds his own against Assyria and wages a successful campaign against the ever-present Philistines.”

Read:  2 Kings 18:7-8

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Early Beginnings of Captivity

“It will be several more years before total collapse of Israel takes place, but the record indicates that even now, during Pekah’s reign, many of the people of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh are taken captive by Tiglath-Pileser (King Pul).”

Read: 2 Kings 15:29, 1 Chronicles 5:23-26

War Between Syria, Israel, and Judah

“This shocking turn of events causes both Israel and Syria to fear the Assyrians.  They draw together in an unusual alliance and even call upon Judah to join them.  When Judah refuses to become involved, Syria and Israel turn against Judah in an effort to force her support.”

Read: 2 Kings 15:30-31 & 36-38, 2 Kings 17:1-2, 2 Chronicles 27:7 & 9, 2 Kings 16:1-4, 2 Chronicles 28:1-4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Prophecies of Micah

“As Amos went to the people of the north, so the prophet Micah comes to the people of Judah, and the message is the same: God does not appreciate empty worship from those whose lives are morally and ethically bankrupt.  He desires righteous thoughts and deeds, and not just a show of traditional formal worship.”

Read: Micah 1 & 2

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Prophecies of Isaiah

“Perhaps the greatest evangelistic prophet ever known to God’s people begins an active ministry which will last some 40 years.  Isaiah will do for Judah what Joel, Hosea, and Amos have done for Israel.  Throughout his prophecies Isaiah repeatedly refers to the final day of the Lord, when all people will face judgment like that being brought against Israel and Judah.  Isaiah also looks forward to the coming of the Messiah and Savior, who will redeem all mankind from their sins.  For this reason, much of what Isaiah has to say will be as meaning ful to future generations as it is to those who live in Judah at this time.”

Read: Isaiah 1:1-26, 2:6-18, 3:8-26, 4:1, 32:9-11 & 5:1-25

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“When Hosea’s wife, Gomer, consorts with other lovers, she only typifies Israel’s unfaithfulness in playing the harlot with other gods.  And yet, as always, God speaks a message of hope through Hosea.  Just as Hosea redeems Gomer from literal slavery, God stands ready to redeem his people from sin.  And yet this time God will not renew his love so easily as he has in the past.  This time Israel will know real suffering and discipline before being restored to God’s love and favor.”

Read: Hosea 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14

“Despite the warnings of Hosea, the people remain entrenched in idolatry.  The focus now turns to Judah, which, though affected less than Israel, has problems of its own.”

Read: 2 Kings 14:17-22, 2 Chronicles 25:25-28, 2 Kings 15:1-4, 2 Chronicles 26:1-15

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“To God, the people of Israel have been as a wife in covenant relationship with him.  And yet their continual idolatry is a constant reminder of their unfaithfulness to the covenant.  Each generation has been adulterous in its wickedness abdn idolatry, and now the time is swiftly approaching when God is going to put Israel away as an adulterous spouse.”

Read: Hosea 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Prophecies of Hosea

“If there is anything which especially affronts God, it must surely be the sight of men and women (whom he has created) bowing in worship to sticks and stones (which he has also created and which, therefore, have no intrinsic power).  This is especially true because God has repeatedly and patiently demonstrated his concern, love, and protection to each generation of this nation to whom he has specially chosen to reveal himself.

In an effort to draw Israel away from her spiritual lovers and to show her the danger of her infidelity, God calls upon the prophet Hosea to bring his message and warnings.

God calls upon Hosea to marry a woman whom God knows will be unfaithful to Hosea and bear children of her unfaithfulness.  Even the children’s names pronounce God’s prophecy.

Hosea’s prophecies against Israel, to which he sometimes refers as Ephraim, begin with a reference to his own disastrous marriage and the anger and anguish which he himself feels.  No message has more impact than one growing out of the messenger’s own experience.  Perhaps that accounts for the power of Hosea’s prophecies.”

Read: Hosea 1, 2 & 3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Two Kingdoms in Contrast

“A quarter of a century has passed since the once-powerful nation of Israel divided into two kingdoms.  Judah, blessed with two good leaders in Asa and his son Jehoshaphat, will remain largely faithful to God.  Both men will bring about reforms in Judah and reinstate appreciation for the law.

In Israel, by contrast, none of the next seven kings will bring moral enlightenment to an idolatrous nation, and civil war will continue to divide God’s people.  It is a sober reminder that God’s people will, through the ages, face division and strife when they forsake their God.”

Read: 1 Kings 15:8-34, 2 Chronicles 14, 1 Kings 14:19-20, 2 Chronicles 13:20, 2 Chronicles 15, 2 Chronicles 16, 1 Kings 16, 1 Kings 22:41-44 & 46-47, 2 Chronicles 17

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Jacob’s and Joseph’s Last Days

“Nearing death, Israel is anxious to pronounce final blessings upon his sons and grandsons, and to insure his burial in the tomb where Abraham and Isaac were buried.  Israel’s death marks the end of the early patriarchs, and attention begins to focus more broadly upon the nation which bears Israel’s name.  Joseph’s death is also recorded after the third generation of Israelites is born in Egypt.”

Read Genesis 47:29-31, Genesis chapters 48, 49, 50

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Read Genesis 45:16-28, Genesis 46 and Genesis 47:1-28

Like yesterday, The Daily Bible doesn’t give us insight into today’s reading, but it reveals how God uses obscure and implausible ways of bringing His plans into fruition through unlikely characters just like us.

Today’s reading is a continuation of Joseph’s story and God’s ultimate plan of bringing the future nation of Israel out of a currently desolate “promised land” to a more prosperous land in Egypt, allowing future events and God’s plan to unfold properly.

As family of Joseph “ruler of all Egypt” (v. 45:26), Israel (Jacob) and all his offspring were treated exceptionally well by Pharoah who allowed them to settle “in the best of the land” (v. 47:11) and as God promised, they were becoming a “great nation” (v. 46:3) flourishing vastly.

But God offers great foreshadowing of events to come when He says to Israel (Jacob):

“I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again…”   Genesis 46:4

 

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