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THE ASSYRIANS WOULD PROTECT JUDAH. TO GET ASSYRIA'S HELP AHAZ HAD TO GIVE UP JUDAH'S INDEPENDENCE AND PLEDGE LOYALTY TO ASSYRIA.
What deal did Ahaz make with Assyria?
KINGS LEADING GOD'S PEOPLE AWAY FROM GOD. SOME KINGS TRYING TO BRING THE PEOPLE BACK TO GOD. PROPHETS PREACHING IN BOTH KINGDOMS. BOTH KINGDOMS HAVE NEGATIVE INTERACTIONS WITH ASSYRIA (THE NORTH—ISRAEL—WAS CONQUERED, THE SOUTH—JUDAH—GAVE UP ITS INDEPENDENCE TO ASSYRIA). KINGS DID NOT LISTEN TO THE PROPHETS. A KING'S WIFE INTRODUCED WORSHIP TO THE FALSE GOD, BAAL.
Given what we read so far, how are the northern kingdom and southern kingdom similar and different?
THEY BOTH SPOKE OUT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF IDOLATRY AND INJUSTICE.
How are Amos and Isaihah similar?
IT WAS A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. ISAIAH SAID THAT JUDAH WOULD SUFFER, BUT GOD WOULD USE FOREIGN NATIONS TO MAKE JUDAH PURE AND ONCE AGAIN FAITHFUL TO HIS COMMANDS.
Describe the message that Isaiah gave to Judah.
HEZEKIAH STOPPED PRACTICES AGAINST THE ONE TRUE GOD, REMOVED FOREIGN IDOLS FROM THE TEMPLE, AND CLOSED LOCAL SHRINES WHERE THE FALSE GODS AND GODDESSES WERE WORSHIPED. HE ALSO TRIED TO FREE JUDAH FROM THE ASSYRIANS. ALTHOUGH HE FAILED BOTH TIMES, HE STILL PREVENTED THE ASSYRIANS FROM COMPLETELY DESTROYING JUDAH. MORE IMPORTANTLY, HE MANAGED TO KEEP THE PEOPLE OF JUDAH FAITHFUL TO THE WORSHIP OF THE ONE TRUE GOD.
What makes us classiffy king Hezekiah as a "good" king?
CONTEXT: SERVED AS ADVISOR TO AHAZ. UNDER AHAZ THERE IS IDOLATRY IN JUDAH.
MESSAGE: IT WAS A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. ISAIAH SAID THAT JUDAH WOULD SUFFER, BUT GOD WOULD USE FOREIGN NATIONS TO MAKE JUDAH PURE AND ONCE AGAIN FAITHFUL TO HIS COMMANDS.
In what context is Isaiah preaching? What is his message?
A small piece left over from something larger
What is a remnant?
CONTEXT: PREACHING AGAINST THE GREED, DISHONESTY, AND CORRUPTION.
MESSAGE: MICAH ALSO PREACHED THE RESTORATION OF GOD'S PEOPLE THROUGH THE WORK OF A NEW DAVID--JESUS.
In what context is Micah preaching? What is his message to Judah?
FALSE PROPHETS TOLD PEOPLE ONLY WHAT THEY WANTED TO HEAR.
Why were false prophets popular?
Micah preached the restoration of God's people through the work of a new David. Who is the new David?
To rely on God
What were the prophets always asking the people to do?
God told Habakkuk that _______________ was an instrument for purifying Judah of its sins.
Sacrament of baptism
It is in the __________________ that we are first freed from sin.
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE/SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
We sometimes fail to follow God's law and then it is in the ______________________ that's e are forgiven our sins.
OUR PROMISE TO PERFORM A PENANCE SHOWS THAT WE ARE SORRY FOR TURNIG AWAY FROM GOD AND NOT LOVING OTHERS.
What does our promise to perform a penance show?
A VOCATION IS GOD'S CALL TO SERVE HIM.
What is a vocation?
GOD PROMISED TO BE WITH JEREMIAH.
Why didn't Jeremiah give up his vocation?
HE HELPED JUDAH TO SLOWLY REGAIN ITS INDEPENDENCE. ALSO, AFTER FINDING A COPY OF "THE BOOK OF THE LAW"—POSSIBLY AN EARLY VERSION OF THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY—HE BEGAN A FORM OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICES IN JUDAH.
Why was Josiah's rule important to Judah?
The prophet _________________ welcomed Josiah's reforms.
KING JOSIAH (FROM JUDAH) WAS KILLED BY THE PHARAOH (FROM EGYPT). JUDAH THEN PLEDGED INDEPENDENCE TO EGYPT. BABYLON ATTACKED AND DEFEATED EGYPT. SO JUDAH NOW BECAME A PART OF THE BABYLONIAN EMPIRE. AS A RESULT, THE KING OF JUDAH HAD TO PLEDGE LOYALT TO BABYLON.
How did Judah become a part of Babylon?
In what year did the king of Babylon destroyed Jerusalem, the temple, and deport even more people to Babylon?
BLASPHEMY IS A THOUGHT, WORD, OR ACT THAT REFERS TO GOD WITHOUT RESPECT OR REVERENCE.
What is blasphemy?
THE PEOPLE COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT GOD WOULD PUNISH THEM FOR FAILING TO LIVE UP TO THE COVENANT.
Why was Jeremiah accused of blasphemy?
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