The book of Ezekiel is our commentary of Yahweh about what was happening during the time of Jeremiah in Jerusalem. It is similar to the book of Hosea which forms commentary during the destruction of the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the time of King Ahaz and Hezekiah.
The Rechabites are descendants from the Kenites. The Kenites go all the way back to Moses. If we follow through our Bible chronology, we later learn that Moses was actually married to the daughter of a Kenite. But was her father not a Mediante? It turns out that Jethro, Moses’s father-in-Law was a priest of the Medianites, but he himself was a Kenite.
At this point of our Story, Egypt was starting to became the super power in the middle east. They have conquered Carchemish and all the kingdoms in the surrounding areas, including the lands of Israel and Jerusalem. Egypt was the 1st of the surrounding countries that Jeremiah prophesied to. Jeremiah spoke these prophecies to Baruch to write them down. For now, we will only focus against Egypt as it falls in context with our story so far.
Pharaoh took the brother of Jehoahaz, Eliakim, and made him a vassal King for Egypt. He changed his name to Jehoiakim and demanded tribute from him. The tribute was collected from the people through taxation. Jehoiakim had to pledge his service and loyalty to Egypt and he became the subject of Pharaoh-Necho and represented the rulership of Egypt over Israel.
What about the Remnant that was scattered abroad? King Solomon gave an answer to this when he did the Temple dedication. This is important to understand, since Yahweh agreed to this and it goes back to the Torah commandment that 3 times a year, all Israel will appear at the place that Yahweh wrote His Name.
King Josiah gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem and also all the people great and small. And Josiah read the words of the Covenant to them. Josiah renewed the covenant with the people and the message of Yahweh’s Covenant was renewed and everybody again gained awareness of it.
For this teaching we are going to read the Blessings and the Curses that is written in the book of the Law. We will also look at some of Paul’s writings at exactly what Paul said was done away with.
The Book of Deuteronomy is the Book of the Torah (Law). Everything written in Deuteronomy was given at the same time, just before Joshua took the Israelites into the land of promise. Let’s go and look at the verses that indicate this.
The Scroll of the Torah is translated in our English Bibles as the “Book of the Law” This Title, “Book of the Law” is specifically mentioned in the “Torah”. Torah in our understanding is the 5 books of Moses. This is one of the 1st things we learned when we started our journey and returned to study from the front of the book. But what does scripture teach us about the term “Torah”?
But before Manasseh’s repentance, he promoted Ba’al worship and caused the people of Judah to walk wickedly before Yahweh. When Josiah became king, the whole land, all of Israel and Judah were polluted with idol worship.