Over the past few months God gave me a strong desire to study and know more about specific parts of The Bible – and what an adventure that was! I’ve had so many thoughts about those books that now I feel I should write them down. I just finished studying the book of Jeremiah, and studying is different to just reading it. I fell in love with that book because the nature of God was really shown to me.
I suddenly became intrigued with the whole history of Israel regarding their Kings (and Queen), more notable after the death of Solomon, after the split of Israel. The Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom were divided and had their own kings; Israel and Judah, respectively.
I do strongly recommend having a good understanding of the Books of the kings of Israel and Judah (1Ki, 2 Ki, 1Ch and 2Ch) before reading the books of the prophets that lived during those times. But just a quick summary: Israel existed a little over 200 years before they were exiled by The Assyrian Empire after having kings leading Israel to sin, generation after generation. Judah, on the other hand, lasted a little over 400 years before it was exiled by The Babylonian Empire. The kings of Judah were relatively good until after Israel and Judah started to mingle a little. There was war between Israel and Judah until during the reign of Jehoshaphat, the fourth king of Judah. He is considered one of the godlier kings of Judah. However, in my opinion, he is what caused the beginning of what later became a very sinful Judah. During his reign he made an affinity with Ahab, the 7th king of Israel (2Ch 18:1) and fought a war against the king of Syria together (2Ch 18:3&10). I believe it was the affinity that led to Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat and who succeeded him to the throne, marrying into the house of Ahab (2Ch 21:6), probably Athaliah whom became ruler of Judah for 6-7 years later on (2ki 8:26 & 2ki 11). I believe this was just the origin of what became a sinful Judah, but it is possible to argue against this.
Throughout the books of Kings and Chronicles, you’ll read many times how merciful God is and willing to pardon; especially when evil kings decide to humble themselves and fast. However, I want to speak about the book of Jeremiah. It helps to have studied – with pen and paper – the books of Kings and Chronicles so that you have an understanding of the different kings of Judah. Then you will know that Jeremiah started prophesying and doing his ‘prophet-ing stuff’ during the final 5 kings of Judah before exile (Jer 1:1-3), which adds up to at least 40 years. Throughout the first half of the book you read how God exposes the sins of Judah, yet offers the pardon their sins if they would just repent and turn back to Him. Reading this book I then emphasised on how patient God is and has been with us. For over 40 years Jeremiah was warning the people of Judah about judgement, yet being patient. His patient lasted for over 100 years if you take into account the two evil kings prior to Josiah.
How lucky are we to have a God so merciful and patient? Why does God not judge the world and do with all the evil that’s in it? Because He is patient. We should be grateful for that. I became a Christian at 21, in 2012. If judgement day came before that, I would be in big trouble! However, time is running out. Just look around. Watch.
Mat 24:42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
We may not know the exact hour; however we should know the times. Read Mat 16:1-4. Learn about all the different ‘signs’ of the end times The Bible.
Back to patience:
Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
Mat 13:26But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
Mat 13:27So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
Mat 13:28He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Mat 13:29But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
It seems I let myself go a little off track, but at least I quoted The Gospel. I hope from now on I will just write down the thoughts I receive from reading God’s word. Do let me know what you think, especially if you think I have unbiblical ideas. I am not a natural writer, this was my first.