Jeremiah 43-44

Jeremiah 43-44

Chapter 43: Babylon shall conquer Egypt

Men try to discredit Jeremiah’s prophecy but they carry the people into Egypt. Jeremiah places stones at the entry of the Pharaoh’s house, and says Nebuchadnezzar shall set his throne on them. Nebuchadnezzar shall array himself with Egypt, as a shepherd puts on his garment. Jeremiah prophesies that Babylon shall conquer Egypt.

Chapter 44: Jeremiah prophesies of the destruction of Jerusalem

Jeremiah disapproves of the Jews in Egypt for continuing in idolatry (such as burning incense to the queen of heaven). Jeremiah warns of the consequences for doing such evil;

“…because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, nor walked in his law… therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.” (Jeremiah 44:23) Jeremiah criticizes their refusal to reform, declares that they will be destroyed along with Egypt for their false worship of false gods.

Judges 1-2

Judges 1-2

Chapter 1: Judah, Simeon and Joseph Continue to Conquer the Canaanites!

After the death of Joshua the people asked God who would go before them. The Lord told them that Judah would go up before them to continue conquering. Judah called upon his brother Simeon to go with him and together with the Israelites they continued to conquer more land. They slayed 10,000 men in Bezek and cut the thumbs and big toes off of the king Adoni-bezek and that of 10 other kings in the region.

The children of Judah fought against Jerusalem and set the city on fire. The children of Judah continued to battle against the Canaanites in the land of Hebron, where they killed: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai. Then they went into the land of Debir, to destroy those people.

Caleb said that he who destroys Kirjath-sepher would receive his daughter Achash to marry. So the younger brother of Caleb took the land of Kirajath-sepher and received Achash to marry.

Joshua, Simeon and Joseph continue to conquer the Canaanites, while the tribes of Manasseh, Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali and Dan allow remnants of Canaanites to dwell among them.

Chapter 2: Do Not Forsake God!

Because the tribes of Israel would not destroy the inhabitants of their lands, allowing remnants of the Canaanite people to dwell among them, they broke the covenant which they had made with God. They did not follow all of his commandments and in doing so they had angered the Lord.

An angel appears to them and tells them that they have forsaken God and that if they do not destroy the Canaanites then they will be “…as thorns in your sides…” (Judges 2:3). This kind of reminds me of Israel today, and the fight they have with their neighboring countries, as thorns in their sides?

A new generation of Israelites arises that do not know of the great powers of God, and forsake him. They quickly turn from God, to serve other gods; like Baal and Ashtaroth. The Lord is angered and refuses to guide them anymore. He does however raise judges to guide the people, but the people refuse to listen to the judges as well. Canaanites are left in the land to prove Israel.

Joshua 11-12

Joshua 11-12

Chapter 11: Joshua and Israel Conquer

Joshua and the armies of the Israelites go up to Hazor, Madon, Shimron, Dor, Mizpeh and Achshaph and utterly destroy all of their inhabitants.

The Lord commands Joshua to kill everyone, and burn the cities and their chariots, and with the horses, the Lord commands Israel to “hough” the horses, or in other words; cut the hamstrings of the horses.

Chapter 12: Cities Conquered

All of the kings west of Jordan (31) are conquered and 2 more kings on the west side of Jordan. They are conquered by Israel.

The list of the Kings that were conquered; Joshua 12:9-24.