2 Kings 17-25 Old Testament-2022 Lesson 29 July 11-17, 2022

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This is a commentary on 2 Kings 17-25—the text for Lesson 29 “He Trusted in the Lord God of Israel” in the Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families manual for 2022.

Attached is Lesson 29 “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel” The text is 2 Kings 17-25. It is to be studied from July 11-17, 2022.   

The curriculum committee has given us a very tall order for this week. There are more than 20 pages of this lesson that are just the Bible text before my commentary wanders into the pages in my usual plodding manner. The assigned text covers the fall of the kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians in the 8th century BC  after a worsening apostasy in Israel. It also tells of the fall of the kingdom of Judah to the Babylonians two centuries later.  There were two reform movements in Judah under King Hezekiah and King Josiah that gave hope for a time and delayed the destruction of that kingdom, but both temporary periods of change were followed by increasing levels of wickedness and apostasy. The history in this commentary extends from the mid 8th century BC to the early 6th century BC. This is a very large bite of material that could easily have been three decent lessons—and I realize that some of you actually have a life. Thus, I will provide an executive summary at the beginning of the lesson before we get into the weeds this week. Using the table of contents and the summary, you can better decide where to spend your time during this week if you decide to read any of this. There is good stuff here however—never before seen photos, helpful maps, obsessive compulsive king lists, a quick tour of the Assyrian and the Babylonian empires, a joke about Baptists, what would happen if the world stopped turning, media control and fake news, and the winner of the contest for the world’s worst grandson.   pp.96

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