As Christianity began to spread within the Roman Empire, many church fathers rose and helped Christianity spread. This essay is going to tell you about a few, and summarize their lives. Continue reading
So, there were two kingdoms in the Bible: Judah and Israel. But there were major differences between the two. First and foremost, Judah lasted longer than Israel. The only main reason why this happened is Judah’s kings were more faithful to God than Israel’s kings. Some of Judah’s kings tore down the idol worship (of course, there were also some who enforced it), while the Israelites continued to worship God.
Israel actually created their own religion and not one of them followed God’s command, while Judah was some what the opposite. There were more kings in Israel than Judah, which you can pin-point, obviously Judah’s kings reigned longer than Israel’s. Judah was conquered by the Babylons, while Israel was conquered by Assyria.
Judah’s reign of kings first started with Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. He originally ruled over the 12 tribes of Israel, but the Israelites decided to create their own kingdom, leaving Rehoboam with the king of Judah. He was succeeded by his son Abijah. Abijah tried to reunite the kingdoms, but was unsuccessful in his attempt. Asa, Abijah’s son, was considered the first good king of Judah. He brought back the worship of God, and tore down the idols of Judah. Jehosaphat followed up from Asa and was another good king. His son, Jehoram decided to marry King Ahab from Israel’s daughter.
David was the second king of Israel. His life starts as the youngest child to Jesse. As such, he would usually stay home. However, one day David was sent to his older brothers, possible to bring them food or to check up on them for their father. King Saul, the first king of Israel, sent out his army many times to fight against the Philistines. While at the camp, David hears a giant Philistine issuing an ultimatum and offers to fight him. David chooses a sling and five stones to defeat the Philistine, and succeeds with his weapon and faith in God. The Israelites win a great victory when David defeats Goliath. So, as the relationship of David and Saul, David was a musician for Saul whenever a distressing spirit comes. But after David killed Goliath, Saul became jealous of David, and even attacks David in his palace. Jonathan was David’s friend, and Saul’s son. David tells Jonathan that he needs to flee. Jonathan is skeptical, but helps David and his efforts to escape.
After Moses’ death, Joshua was assumed leadership by God. He led the Israelites from there on. God commands Joshua to be strong and courageous when leading. He is then commanded to lead the people across the Jordan River and go into the Promised Land. However, the Jordan River was in flood for barley harvesting season, which is near (or in) April. So, the priests carry the ark on their shoulders, and then step foot into the river. Amazingly, the up-stream waters piled up, and they were able to cross dry land. Then, their mission was to conquer the city of Jericho.
God told Joshua to march the priests around the city, once a day for 6 days. Then on the seventh day, they marched around 7 times, and then blew their trumpets. All the walls of Jericho fell and the entire population was killed. All except a woman and her family. See, Joshua had sent out 2 spies in order to get reports on how strong Jericho was. It was getting late, and the gates to Jericho were closing. So, that woman kept the two spies in her house safely until dawn was present. She pleaded with the spies to save her life and her family’s for that act of kindness given Continue reading
Back when the Hebrews were being enslaved by the Egyptians, Moses and Aaron were approaching the Pharaoh. Moses and Aaron told the pharaoh about His existence, and showed the evidence for His existence. When they requested to free the Hebrews, the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by God, and he flat-out refused. That is when God unleashed the first plaque.
The first plaque made the Nile River’s water turn into blood. Everything that was in the water died, it smelled terrible, and no one could drink it. The Pharaoh’s magicians were actually able to replicate this plaque, making water turn to blood. The Pharaoh refused again, and the Second plaque was released. The second plaque made frogs go everywhere. The Egyptian Magicians could also replicate this. The Pharaoh refused again, and the third plaque was released. This time, it was lice. The very dust of the area was turned to lice, infesting man and beast. The fourth plaque was flies. Flies were sent all around, however, this attack was only on the Egyptians. The Pharaoh, this time, tried to bargain with God, however, He refused.
The fifth plaque was the death of all cattle and livestock. This plaque UTTERLY
i’m so funny crippled transportation and slightly hit farming. The sixth plaque is boils and sores. This plaque was not announced before it hit the Egyptians. Moses blew ashes that spread all across Egypt, giving the Egyptians boils and sore. And since they were so concerned about health and cleaning, no one could stand among Pharaoh except Moses and Aaron. The seventh plaque was hailstone, which destroyed all crops except wheat ( but that was destroyed in the next one tho). The eighth plaque was locusts, which destroyed all the wheat and remaining crops. The ninth plaque was darkness. The darkness spread over Egypt, and it was so thick you could feel it. The final tenth plaque was directed at the Pharaoh directly, and it kills all firstborn.
There are also multiple gods, Hapi, Heket, Geb, Khepri, Hathor, Isis, Nut, Set, and finally Ra. The plaques were an attack on each on of these gods, and they were attacked in that order.