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Why Is God So Concerned with Idol Worship?

| May 3, 2016

The Second Commandment, as given in Exodus 20:4-6, forbids the worship of idols. The northern kingdom of Israel, starting with the reign of Jeroboam, ignores this commandment and after 200 years of existence is finally judged by God in the form of a devastating Assyrian invasion. The author of 1 and 2 Kings writes that […]

Commentary on 2 Kings 17 (Fall of Israel)

| May 2, 2016

The last king of Israel is Hoshea, who rules from 732 – 722 BC. Just as all the other kings of Israel, starting with Jeroboam, Hoshea disobeyed the commands of God recorded in the Torah. The author allows that Hoshea wasn’t quite as bad as his predecessors, but it does not matter. Hoshea refuses to […]

Commentary on Isaiah 6 (Isaiah’s Commission)

| April 20, 2016

The traditional Jewish and Christian view is that the Book of Isaiah was written by the prophet of that name who lived during the 8th and possibly 7th century BC. Isaiah states that he is the son of Amoz and that his ministry coincided with the Judean kings named Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. This […]

Does Micah 5:2 Indicate That the Messiah Is Divine?

| April 18, 2016

Micah 5:2 indicates that the future Messiah of Israel would be born in Bethlehem, but it is also indicates that his origins are from a long time ago. Some translations of the Bible translate “a long time ago” as “eternity” and some translate it as “ancient times.” If the text actually means “eternity” this would […]

Commentary on Micah 1-6 (A Promised Ruler from Bethlehem)

| April 15, 2016

The Book of Micah was likely written by the prophet of that name who lived during the 8th century BC. Micah was born in a town about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem (in Judah), but he may have lived in Jerusalem during parts of his ministry. He prophesied during the reigns of the following kings […]

Is the Story of Jonah Fictional?

| April 13, 2016

Some Bible scholars believe that the Book of Jonah is a fictional tale written purely for teaching purposes by its original author. They argue that the original author never meant for the story to be taken as real history. While it may be impossible to know just based on the contents of the book itself, […]

Commentary on the Book of Jonah

| April 11, 2016

The Book of Jonah was most likely written by the prophet Jonah in the 8th century BC (sometime between 793 – 753 BC). Jonah lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II and he (Jonah) is specifically mentioned in 2 Kings 14:25. Jonah’s ministry began right after Elisha’s ended and […]

Commentary on 2 Kings 4-5 (Elisha’s Ministry)

| March 25, 2016

The prophet Elisha is one of the greatest miracle-performing personalities in the entire Bible. We already saw a couple of miracles from Elisha in chapter 2, but chapters 4-5 recall several more that parallel the ministries of Elijah, his spiritual father, and Jesus, his future Lord and Savior. Elijah, when his ministry was beginning, brought […]

Commentary on 2 Kings 1-2 (Elijah Goes to Heaven)

| March 21, 2016

King Ahab, the enemy of Elijah, has died and his son Ahaziah has taken his place as king of Israel (the year is 853 BC). Elijah is still the anointed prophet of God, but his time is coming to an end. Some years earlier Elijah had already selected his successor, a young man named Elisha […]

Commentary on 1 Kings 17-18 (Ahab, Jezebel, and Elijah)

| March 16, 2016

In the nation of Israel, since the division of the kingdom, there have been 7 kings and 4 different dynasties (successions of rulers who are of the same family). The year is 874 BC and the eighth king of Israel comes to the throne. His name is Ahab and his reign begins at about the […]

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