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Text 2 Kings 21-23; Nahum; Zephaniah; Habakkuk. Next week’s assignment: 2 Kings 24-25; Jeremiah; Lamentations.

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1 Text 2 Kings 21-23; Nahum; Zephaniah; Habakkuk

2 Next week’s assignment: 2 Kings 24-25; Jeremiah; Lamentations

3 5 Examples of the Lord Seeing the End from the Beginning 5 Examples of the Lord Seeing the End from the Beginning 1.The Foreordination of the House of Israel 2.King Cyrus’ Release of the Jews 3.The Fall of Babylon 4.The Redemption of Covenant Israel 5.The Atonement of Christ

4 Isaiah The Atonement of Christ

5 Isaiah 53

6 … as a root out of dry ground…

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8 Nazareth was an out- of-the-way village of about 50 houses, covering only about four acres of land.

9 John 1:45-46 “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? “And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.”

10 … there is no beauty that we should desire him.

11 Heb: sickness & disease Heb: beat to pieces; crush; shatter Heb: black & blue marks; wounds Alma 7:11-13 Isa. 49:25-26 Heb:“…it was the will of...” ie: “He was taken by force w/o justice” Isa. 52:7; 2 Ne 2:8 Heb: Shalom Peace Happiness Health Prosperity Safety Wholeness ie: …the punishment that brought us peace…

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22 Heb: sickness & disease Heb: beat to pieces; crush; shatter Heb: black & blue marks; wounds Alma 7:11-13 Isa. 49:25-26 Heb:“…it was the will of...” ie: “He was taken by force w/o justice” Isa. 52:7; 2 Ne 2:8 Heb: Shalom Peace Happiness Health Prosperity Safety Wholeness ie: …the punishment that brought us peace…

23 2 Kings 21

24 Let’s review some history…

25 Can One Person Make a Difference?

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27 Do You Remember How Judah was Protected?

28 Why were they spared? 2 Kings 18

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31 Can one person make a difference? Manasseh Hezekiah

32 Why was Manasseh considered one of the worst kings of Judah ever? 2 Kings 21:1-6, 9, 16 Can one person make a difference?

33 “Manasseh … barbarously slew all the righteous men that were among the Hebrews; nor would he spare the prophets, for he every day slew some of them, till Jerusalem was overflown with blood.” Flavius Josephus Roman-Jewish Historian (Antiquities of the Jews, bk. 10, chap. 3, par. 3.)

34 Jewish tradition says that Manasseh also destroyed every copy of the scriptures he could locate as well as the people who owned them (so they couldn’t recreate them from memory). What would happen if true prophets, true scripture, and true temple worship were snuffed out of our society for the next 50 years?

35 780 BC 760 BC 740 BC 720 BC 700 BC J UDAH : S OUTHERN K INGDOM I SRAEL : N ORTHERN K INGDOM M AIN K INGS Jeroboam II  Menahem Pekahiah Hoshea  Pekah  Assyrian Captivity M AIN P ROPHETS Jonah Amos Hosea Obed M AIN K INGS Uzziah Uzziah Ahaz  Manasseh  M AIN P ROPHETS Isaiah Micah Hezekiah Hezekiah Jotham Jotham 680 BC 660 BC 640 BC 620 BC 600 BC 580 BC Josiah Josiah Jehoiakim  Zedekiah  Babylonian Captivity Nahum? Zephaniah? Jeremiah Lehi Habakkuk

36 Alma 46:9 “Yea, and we also see the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men.”

37 Can one person make a difference? Manasseh Amon Josiah Hezekiah

38 2 Kings 22:3-7

39 One 18 year old king…. … found one copy of the scriptures. The scriptures changed him.... … and he changed his world.

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42 2 Kings 22:10-11

43 King Josiah’s Reform 2 Kings 23:1-25

44 “I feel strongly that all of us must return to the scriptures just as King Josiah did and let them work mightily within us, impelling us to an unwavering determination to serve the Lord. “Josiah had the law of Moses only. In our scriptures we have the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness; and if a taste is sweet, in fulness there is joy. Spencer W. Kimball President (Ensign, July 1985, p.1-3)

45 “The Lord is not trifling with us when he gives us these things, for ‘unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.’ (Luke 12:48.) Access to these things means responsibility for them. We must study the scriptures … and we must let them govern our lives and the lives of our children.” Spencer W. Kimball President (Ensign, July 1985, p.1-3)

46 780 BC 760 BC 740 BC 720 BC 700 BC J UDAH : S OUTHERN K INGDOM I SRAEL : N ORTHERN K INGDOM M AIN K INGS Jeroboam II  Menahem Pekahiah Hoshea  Pekah  Assyrian Captivity M AIN P ROPHETS Jonah Amos Hosea Obed M AIN K INGS Uzziah Uzziah Ahaz  Manasseh  M AIN P ROPHETS Isaiah Micah Hezekiah Hezekiah Jotham Jotham 680 BC 660 BC 640 BC 620 BC 600 BC 580 BC Josiah Josiah Jehoiakim  Zedekiah  Babylonian Captivity Nahum? Zephaniah? Jeremiah Lehi Habakkuk

47 Nahum Nahum prophesied between 663—612 B.C.

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50 Nahum 1: Foretells Nineveh’s Doom Nahum 2: How Nineveh will meet its Doom Nahum 3: Why Nineveh deserves its Doom

51 Zephaniah His name means: “the Lord hides.” He prophesied during King Josiah’s reign. His preaching likely helped with the spiritual reform of Judah in that day.

52 The Dualism of Zephaniah’s Prophecies Near Future Near Future Distant Future Distant Future Babylonian destruction of Judah Destruction of the wicked in “the day of the Lord.” Zephaniah

53 The Coming Day Zephaniah 1:14-15 Who can survive this day? Zephaniah 2:1-3

54 “The Lord Hides” Zephaniah 2:3 Colossians 3:2-3 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

55 Before retiring, I gave Brother and Sister Johnson some instructions on the priesthood; and putting my hand on the knee of William Clayton, I said: “Your life is hid with Christ in God, and so are many others. Nothing but the unpardonable sin can prevent you from inheriting eternal life for you are sealed up by the power of the Priesthood unto eternal life, having taken the step necessary for that purpose.” Joseph Smith (History of the Church, 5:391)

56 Zephaniah’s Message of Hope Zephaniah 3:8-20

57 Habakkuk Most likely prophesied between 605—597 B.C. This would make him a contemporary of Lehi and Jeremiah.

58 Habakkuk’s Questions for God Habakkuk 1:1-4 Q: How canst Thou, being righteous and holy, be indifferent to the violence, contention, immorality and widespread corruption in Judah? How canst Thou do nothing? Where is Thy judgment upon the wicked who surround the righteous? Habakkuk 1:5-11 A: Habakkuk 1:5-11

59 Habakkuk’s Questions for God Habakkuk 1:12-17 Q: Why wouldst Thou allow the wicked (not to mention cruel) Babylonian force to punish a people who are more righteous than them? Habakkuk 2:2-4 A1: Habakkuk 2:2-4

60 “… the just shall live by his faith.” Alternate translation: “the righteous will be preserved by their faithfulness.” Heb: righteous Heb: be preserved Heb: faithfulness

61 1 Nephi 22:17, 19 In 1 Nephi 22:17, 19 he says: “Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power…. For behold, the righteous shall not perish.” He DOESN’T say: “Wherefore, he will preserve the less wicked by his power…. For behold, the less wicked shall not perish.”

62 Habakkuk’s Questions for God Habakkuk 1:12-17 Q: Why wouldst Thou allow the wicked (not to mention cruel) Babylonian force to punish a people who are more righteous than them? Habakkuk 2:2-4 A1: Habakkuk 2:2-4 Habakkuk 2:5-20 A2: Habakkuk 2:5-20 Summary: 5 “woes” are pronounced against Babylon. They will ultimately pay. “I know what I’m doing. Be still.”

63 Habakkuk’s Conclusion Habakkuk 3:17-19

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