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Understanding Yahweh: Stay On the Ancient Paths

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This is what Yahweh says: Stand by the roadways and look. Ask about the ancient paths: Which is the way to what is good? Then take it and find rest for yourselves. But they protested, “We won’t!” (Jer. 6:16)

Yet My people have forgotten Me. They burn incense to false idols that make them stumble in their ways on the ancient roads and walk on new paths, not the highway. (Jer. 18:15)

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Ezekiel 20-21: The Sword of Yahweh

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As he compiles a collection of prophetic messages from Yahweh, the prophet Ezekiel occasionally slips in a clue as to what year it is.  Just as prisoners often mark time by how long they’ve been incarcerated, Ezekiel often dates his messages by referring to how much time has passed since he was personally dragged out of his homeland by the fearsome Babylonian army and forced to relocate to the capital city of the empire that is slowly destroying what’s left of his beloved Israel. Read more of this post

Ezekiel 19: Yahweh Laments Two Lions & A Vine

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When people think of Old Testament prophecy, they often think of Yahweh predicting the coming of Christ.  And yet Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament are far outnumbered by political prophecies—ones in which Yahweh is predicting how individual nations and politicians will do in the future.  Will they thrive or tank?  Will they conquer or be conquered?  Will they be exalted among their fellow humans or utterly humiliated? Read more of this post

Ezekiel 14: Yahweh Stands Alone

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In our lesson Ezekiel 13-14: Yahweh Condemns False Prophets, we made our way through all of Ezekiel 13 and the first half of Ezekiel 14.  In that passage, Yahweh was focused on the issue of Jewish false prophets and the folks who were keeping them in business.  As we learned in our previous lesson, it’s a very dangerous thing to turn the concept of Divine prophecy into a game.  When we misuse Yahweh’s Name and Authority, we end up on the wrong side of His wrath. Read more of this post

Ezekiel 13-14: Yahweh Condemns False Prophets

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In Ezekiel 13-14 we find a very intense speech from Yahweh which gives us some fabulous insights into how He views false prophets.  Since most of the prophets you come across in the Church today are complete phonies, this passage of Scripture is very relevant to you.  It’s very dangerous business to go around speaking messages for God which He hasn’t authorized you to speak.  Even when you’re spreading sunshine and cheer by promising everyone that brighter days are coming, you are personally heading towards some very dark days if you’re speaking without God’s Authorization.  God’s Name isn’t some toy that we get to play with.  When referring to Him is just some clever marketing strategy we’re using in order to boost sales and gather customers, we’re getting in line for some very nasty discipline.  When you’re messing with God, you’re messing with the Originator of concepts like vengeance and wrath.  You’re dealing with the Creator of both Heaven and Hell—a Being who has no qualms about torturing you forever if you get too attitudinal with Him.  Given the fact that God controls your quality of life, your location, and your capacity for suffering, how stupid is it for you to intentionally provoke Him?  You can’t war against God and win.  Read more of this post

Amos 2-4: Yahweh’s Wrath in Context

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The prophet Amos lived and preached during the lifetimes of the prophets Hosea and Isaiah.  While Isaiah was hanging out in the southern part of Israel (aka Judah), Amos and Hosea were in the north.  Amos was a shepherd, and in his short little book Yahweh prophesies disaster for eight different nations: Israel, Judah, and their surrounding neighbors.  It’s bad news in the book of Amos, and in Chapter 2, Yahweh stops talking about neighboring kingdoms and focuses in on His chosen people.  As usual, they’re wallowing in spiritual rebellion. Read more of this post

Isaiah 58-59: Rebellious Jews & Warrior Yahweh

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Ever feel like there is hardly anyone left in your country who really cares about God?  Ever feel like evil is winning the day while God is off in another universe not even noticing how bad things are?  This is how sincere believers in Isaiah’s time felt.  The vast majority of Israelites were entrenched in spiritual rebellion and Israel’s society was a cesspool of immorality.  Crime was out of control.  All of the law enforcers were corrupt.  And while evil doers were partying on, true believers like Isaiah were feeling totally bummed.  Where was Yahweh? Read more of this post

2 Chronicles 6-7: Why We Shouldn’t Ask God to Heal Our Land

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“…if My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)

Sound familiar?  This little gem could win an award for how often it is quoted in Christian circles.  Whenever the American economy takes a dip, or when our news media starts cranking out pictures of crops withering from a lack of rain, out comes good old 2 Chronicles 7:14, and a bunch of Christians start preaching that chanting these words is a surefire way to get God to give us what we want.  But is it?  Is God really talking to Americans in this passage?  Of course He’s not.  And as long as we’re pretending to care oh so much about seeking God, it would be nice if we actually listened to everything He says in this speech instead of just ripping out the one line that we find personally appealing.  Read more of this post

Understanding Yahweh: “Child Sacrifice Never Entered My Mind” (Jeremiah 7)

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In Jeremiah 7:31, Yahweh is speaking of rebellious Jews living in and around ancient Jerusalem when He says:

“They have built the high places of Tophet in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire—something I did not command, nor did it enter My mind.” (Jer. 7:31)

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Understanding God’s Promises: Yahweh Promises to Bless Israel (Isaiah 30:18-33)

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This is a continuation of Understanding Yahweh’s Wrath: Judah’s Alliance with Egypt (Isaiah 30:1-17).

In our previous lesson, we learned that the tiny nation of Judah is in a major crisis.  Not that long ago, the fearsome Assyrian army sacked the kingdom of Israel, exiled all of the people living there, and absorbed that territory into their own growing empire.  Now the small southern nation of Judah is all that’s left of the original nation of Israel, and things are looking bad.  Ticked by rumors of rebellion, King Sennacherib [seh-NACK-ker-rib] of Assyria invades Judah, destroys several of her strongest cities, and then surrounds the city of Jerusalem with his massive army, effectively cutting off all incoming supplies.  This is called sieging and it was a common warfare tactic in Bible times.  Read more of this post