At the height of Northern Israel's power, God tells the prophet Hoshea to marry a prostitute. Hoshea married Gomer, the prostitute, and went on to have at least three children. Within a short while, Gomer leaves Hoshea and returns to her prostitution and idol worship. The entire account of Hoshea parallels the sin of Gomer to Israel's unfaithfulness to God.
The Book of Hoshea
Around the year 753 BC, the city of Rome was founded and two of the greatest Messianic prophets were born. In this episode, we discuss the founding of Rome and the birth of the prophets Isaiah and Micah and their significance to the greatest story ever told.
Last episode, we dropped Jonah off on a beach on the Eastern Mediterranean being spit out by a giant fish. Dehydrated, oxygen deprived, and humbled Jonah sets off to Ninevah to preach to the violent Assyrians. Instead of a violent mob out to kill Jonah, the geopolitically troubled, plague-ridden, earthquake shaken city was more than prepared for a message from God. The response is the greatest city revival in all of Biblical History.
In the midst of the prosperity in the age of Jeroboam II, Jonah receives a word to preach to the gentile people in Ninevah. Instead of going to Ninevah, he goes in the opposite direction and runs from God. In this episode, we discuss Jonah's salvation in the Meditteranean and the sign of Jesus it represents and the Harrowing of Hell.
During the prosperity and rise of Northern Israel, a great increase comes over the Kingdom of Judah as well under the rule of King Uzziah. Uzziah is a far better king than his father, but he suffers from the same fatal flaw - pride. King Uzziah organizes his nation and army and proves to an administrative and engineering genius, but in the end, he is only remembered for his pride and an awful disease.
In the midst of Israel's prosperity in the age of King Jeroboam II, a prophet traveled from Judah to Bethel to confront the wickedness of his generation. The prophet's name was Amos and he stepped onto a speaking platform at the hedonistic idol center to the Golden Calf and rebuked the sin of the age. Beginning with Israel's enemies and concluding with Judah and Israel. Showing great fearlessness, Amos scolded the sin of the age concluding with an example of intercession and a message to hope.
The Book of Amos
Jeroboam II had a great head start. His father left him with a very stable government, free from internal and external enemies and a large army. Wondering his next move, the prophet Jonah speaks to the recovery of Solomon's northern territories. Acting with great boldness upon this word, King Jeroboam II expands the territory of Israel rapidly taking Damascus proper and even capturing parts of Turkey.
The result of these campaigns was great prosperity and God's last chance at blessing for Israel. Speaking directly to the idol worship in Bethel, the prophet Amos goes to confront the wickedness of the age.
2 Kings 14:23-28
In the first year of King Jeroboam IIs rule something unique happens in Greece. Independent of our Biblical History timeline, but influencing by it later, the Greek Olympics games were first held in 776BC. In this episode, we discuss the history of the Olympic games, the Godly character demonstrated at the games and the influence of the games on the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul and his letters which later constituted most of the New Testament.
Upon the death of Joash, Amaziah becomes king in Jerusalem. He's an interesting character, really ambitious and a good organizer of men and his kingdom, but his lack of character and poor decision making turns away even the mercy of God and invites judgment and disaster for his kingship.
2 Kings 14:1-14
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