In that day, I will restore David’s fallen sukkah. I will repair it’s broken walls and restore it’s ruins. I will rebuild it as in the days of old.

– Amos 9:11

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Hezekiah’s peace and security

Hezekiah was a descendant of King David, and he was a good king:   He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem . . .  He did what was right in the sight of YHVH, in accordance with everything that his father

The Neighborhood Bully and the Strong Horse

Bob Dylan once wrote one of the most powerful and prophetic descriptions of the uneasy relationship between Israel and the nations in his song ‘Neighborhood Bully.’ Here are some selected lines from that song: Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man. His enemies say he’s on their land. They

Bleachers out in the sun on Highway 61

Now the rovin’ gambler he was very bored – He was tryin’ to create a next world war He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor  He said “I never engaged in this kind of thing before But yes – I think it can be very easily done!

Weeping on the walls

You have broken down all [Your servants’] walls. You have brought his strongholds to ruin. All who pass along the way plunder him (Psalm 89:39-41)   Oh, that my head were waters and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for those slain of the daughter of

Beit Arbel and the Day of Battle

The prophet Hosea makes reference to a horrific time in Israel’s history when Shalmaneser invaded Israel from the North, massacring Jewish people in Beit Arbel, a Galilean village near Capernaum: “All your fortresses will be destroyed – as Shalman destroyed Beit Arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were

Remember well what YHVH your God did

The God of Jacob wants the Jewish people to remember. Moses instructed Israel:   If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’ – you are not to be afraid of them. You shall remember well what YHVH your God did to Pharaoh and to all

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