Tragedy and Fall

As we drive toward the end of Kings, we find great tragedy. We have the end of Israel, with the capture and exile of the people of Israel and Samaria. We see dwindling support and opportunity also for Judah. The enemies are growing stronger as Judah is growing weaker. But that isn’t the whole story. … Continue reading Tragedy and Fall

The Succession

One of the things I can never really get used to is that the moment somebody takes over authority in the Hebrew Scripture, the story’s attention turns to who comes next. We saw this with the Patriarchs: once Abraham gets the blessing, we have the birth and raising of Isaac. Then Isaac needs a son, and suddenly … Continue reading The Succession