What did Elijah do when his job was finished with Ahab?
The Almighty, the Creator of the ends of the earth could have sent down fire to consume the whole lot of them and scorch every last hair on their heads. But that is not why he sent Elijah. He sent Elijah to get the attention of the people, to save them from the hand of Ahab and from living a life devoted to sin.
In the restoration of Israel, the Lion from the Tribe of Judah is going to fulfill both positions, the King and the Priest.
Did you know that Jesus, Paul, Peter, John and the apostles continued to visit the
synagogue and celebrate the Jewish feasts?
Interesting People of the Bible: Who was Ezra? Part The greatest problem at hand in this book of Ezra was that this intermingling of lineage was a spiritual thorn working to break the pure lineage to void God’s promise of the Davidic kingship. But what was to be done? 2
Scholars say the books of Ezra and Nehemiah were one book originally and that Ezra was the scribe that wrote them both, along with 1 and 2 Chronicles. In the book that bears his name, it is most poetic and symbolic. For Ezra translates to, “Jehovah Helps.”
Josiah, while considered a righteous king, as well, was killed in a battle he wasn’t directed by God to participate in. He departed from total dependence on hearing the word of God and acted on his own behalf. It resulted in his death.
The love of Israel to their God, YHWH, was so much like a yo-yo. Up and down. Just a few chapters back, in 2 Chronicles 23, we see the Passover Festival commences after a long silence. Then it stops again. Why? What was happening? And how long was this span between Passover celebrations from Joash to Josiah?
it is so disappointing to read how these godly young men lose their senses later in life and go astray. They fall in love with themselves and what their fleshly hands have established, their worth in this world, earthly pleasures, etc. It is really all bagged up in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”
Something that gripped me here was the significance and purpose of music. I had lost sight of it, or, perhaps, never even knew its real place. As a musician and songwriter, it is not difficult for me to sit down and scratch out a song and a melody. For years I struggled in a band performing in bars and clubs, never quite satisfied, always wanting, striving and waiting for a record contract. It never came. Was that a good thing? What have I learned from it all?