"I took you in when no one else wanted you and raised you to be royalty, but you chose to become a whore instead." That's the basic message God prophesies about Israel and Judah in Ezekiel 16 and 23. The Lord through the prophet Ezekiel tells the story about the glorious blessings those nations had… Continue reading How spiritual compromises weaken nations
Have you noticed we're living in strange times? One of the strange things I've noticed is that there are people now who call themselves Christians, yet deny that Jesus was a Jew. Why? Simply because they are desperately looking for ways to justify their hatred for Jews while denying they hate Jews. It's weird. And… Continue reading Was Jesus of Nazareth a Jew?
When God helps us score a major victory against an obstacle in life, it can be an exuberant experience. Such a moment can be somewhat dangerous as well, and if we're not careful, we can become our own worst enemy. This is what happened to King Amaziah of Judah right after God helped him annihilate the… Continue reading How a fortunate turn can become a crash & burn
After using "new computerized image processing and document analysis techniques, including machine learning algorithms," to digitally analyze ancient ceramic pottery shards called ostraca discovered in Israel, archaeologists have concluded that Judah was a very literate civilization before Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and took the Judahites into captivity in 586 BC. The ostraca date back to around… Continue reading Scholars find that literacy in Judah was common before Babylonian captivity
Archaeologists in Israel have released the findings this week of an excavation they did in 2009. At that time they uncovered a seal, but disregarded its significance until an expert recently re-examined it and discovered it was actually a stamp seal impression of King Hezekiah, a ruler of Judah in the 8th century BC. It… Continue reading Seal of King Hezekiah discovered in Israel excavation
Based on Bible prophecy, one of the main ways for identifying the Messiah would be by his Davidic lineage. In other words, he would have to be King David's descendant and rightful heir to David's throne. Critics from both the Jewish and Gentile worlds who wish to dismiss Jesus as the one true Messiah enjoy… Continue reading Why Jesus’ genealogy is Messianically valid through both Joseph & Mary
Israel's priestly tribe of Levi is explained in chapter 3 and the kingly tribe of Judah is covered in chapter 4.