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The history of Jeremiah the weeping prophet
The story of Jeremiah, who was called the "weeping prophet" because of his passionate and sorrowful prophesies about the destruction of Jerusalem. Jeremiah was a prophet during the reign of King Josiah, and he was given the difficult task of warning the people of Jerusalem about the impending destruction of the city. Jeremiah's warnings were largely ignored, and he was often scorned and persecuted for his prophesies. However, he continued to prophesy until the fall of Jerusalem, and his words were eventually vindicated.
As I mentioned, Jeremiah was a prophet during the reign of King Josiah of Judah. He was born in the city of Anathoth, and he began prophesying in the year 627 BC, when he was still a young man. His primary message was that the people of Judah needed to repent of their sins and turn back to God, or else they would face the wrath of God in the form of the destruction of Jerusalem. Jeremiah's warnings were not well received, and he was often persecuted for his prophesies. In 586 BC, the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the city, just as Jeremiah had predicted.
The historical background of Goliath
Goliath is a biblical figure who is famously known for his battle with the young shepherd David. The story of David and Goliath is found in the Old Testament of the Bible, specifically in the book of 1 Samuel.
According to the biblical account, Goliath was a giant Philistine warrior who stood over nine feet tall. He was a champion of the Philistines and challenged the Israelites to send out a champion to fight him in single combat. The Philistines and Israelites were at war, and Goliath's challenge was meant to determine the outcome of the conflict without a full-scale battle.
For forty days, Goliath taunted the Israelites, daring them to send someone to fight him. The Israelites were afraid and no one was willing to face the giant. However, David, a young shepherd boy, volunteered to take on the challenge. David was not a trained warrior, but he had faith in God and believed that he could defeat Goliath.
Armed with only a sling and a few stones, David confronted Goliath. With a single stone, David struck Goliath in the forehead, causing him to fall to the ground. David then used Goliath's own sword to kill him, thus securing a great victory for the Israelites.
The story of David and Goliath is often seen as a metaphor for the triumph of the underdog. It teaches lessons of courage, faith, and the power of God to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.
It is important to note that while the story of David and Goliath is a well-known biblical account, there is limited historical evidence to support its accuracy. The details and exact historical background of Goliath remain a subject of debate among scholars.
Dare to be a David.
There are a few examples in the Bible of kings who ruled at a young or tender age. Here are a few:
- Joash - Joash was seven years old when he became king of Judah after his father, Ahaziah, was killed. He was mentored by the high priest Jehoiada, who helped Joash to restore the temple and renew the worship of Yahweh. Joash ruled for 40 years and was considered a good king.
- Josiah - Josiah was eight years old when he became king of Judah after his father, Amon, was assassinated. He was a righteous king who sought to reform the kingdom by purging it of idolatry and returning to the worship of Yahweh. He ruled for 31 years and was tragically killed in battle at the age of 39.
- Abijah - Abijah was 18 years old when he became king of Judah after his father, Rehoboam, died. He was engaged in a war with the northern kingdom of Israel during his entire reign, and he ultimately defeated Israel's king, Jeroboam. Abijah ruled for three years and was considered a good king.
These kings were all relatively young when they took the throne, yet they managed to rule successfully and make significant contributions to their kingdoms. Their stories serve as a reminder that age is not necessarily a barrier to effective leadership.
Drawn out of water (Exodus 2:1-10) By O. T. Olajumoke
Hmmmnmmmmmm........the new mother heaved a long deep sigh, stared
at her baby and burst into silent tears. Lost in thought, she didn't know when
her husband (Am ram) entered. "Jochebed...…; her husband called silently
almost like a whisper ...it is well, this too shall pass us by, we will
survive.....I believe. He whispered as he pat his wife's back. They were
brought out of their reverie by the cry of the baby and Jochebed attended to
the baby almost immediately. Jochebed and Amram were Levites (a tribe in
Israel), they used to be a happy couple living in satisfaction and peace till
the day Jochebed was delivered of a baby boy. The news of Jochebed's birth
would have been a news of Joy as a male child is often preferred to a female child,
but the circumstances surrounding the birth of their baby didn't birth the joy
it was supposed to birth. Amram remembered vividly what the day of delivery
looked like, Miriam had rushed down to the field where he was gleaning for his
master to tell him that Jochebed was in labor, he had to sent Aaron as his
representative since he couldn't leave the field else he'd face the wrath of
his Egyptian master. That day was the slowest to him as it took ages for night
to fall; when the day's work finally ended he rushed down to the midwives'
place to check on his lovely wife. Different thoughts ran in his mind but one
of those thoughts sent a cold shiver down his spine; what if she was delivered
of a baby boy? This thought made him quickened his step to the midwives' place.
Sighting the midwives' place from afar, the atmosphere at the midwives' place
didn't seem right; looked like a mourning site. This further heightened Amram's
fear, the more he approached the building the faster his heartbeat. His fear
was confirmed when Miriam approached him with tears,"........ it's a boy father,
mother had been delivered of a baby boy....... Siphrah (who just walked in) cut
in, “shush Miriam, keep quiet the walls have ears......" "Welcome Amram.......,
Puah said (puah and shiphrah are the midwives in charge of delivery)..... Please
have your seat" shiphrah offered him a seat in a dimly lit room. "It
is no longer a news that Hebrew male child is not accepted according to
pharaoh's decree that every male child should be thrown into the river"
puah said with bitterness in her voice. "In fact we've seen a lot of
babies thrown into the river by pharaoh's guards and they still go further to
punish their parents for disobeying the laws of the land by not throwing them
in the river before they find out" shiphrah added. Amram took a long deep
sigh and spok6,"I'm fully aware of the present situation, in fact one of
my colleagues baby was drown in his presence just last week". He bent his
head in sorrow. Shiphrah and puah exchanged glances, then shiphrah said, "Amram,I
think Yahweh wants you to keep your child because it's very unusual for us to
have just one patient in a day, it has never happened since we started this
profession" Puah adjusted on her
seat, moved closer to him and lowered her voice, "the implication of this
is that apart from the two of us here and your family, no one else knows the
gender of your baby..... looked intently into Amram's eyes,.....you can keep
your baby if you want to". Your secret is safe with us, shiphrah added.
Having said that the midwives led him to where his wife was and the moment he
saw his son, he made up his mind to keep the child; he is the most handsome
baby he has ever set his eyes on.
"Amram......, Jochebed called out weakly...... I'm keeping my child". And that is it! They are keeping the child!!
Here they are keeping the child, hiding him so that no one will know his identity. Jochebed no longer leave her room during daytime to avoid suspicions, Amram now work and walk in fear, fear of being found out. The birth of a baby boy changed the lifestyle of the family, they no longer eat together at the same time, they have to eat in turns so that the baby is never left alone in the room. Even at night, they can't be fully asleep as they don't know if pharaoh's soldiers are coming for them or not. They all live in fear.
"Amram, Amram....... Amram, Jochebed tapped her husband gently,...wake up Amram". Amram spranged up, "it's morning already?! So fast! Didn't know when I slept off, I was keeping watch, I am sorry I......"stop it, Jochebed cut in, stop apologizing (sniffed) it's not morning yet, I woke you up to discuss something crucial with you". Amram sat up properly, looked left and right and whispered;"have we been found out? Pharaoh's soldiers are after us? There was tensed silence in the room as Jochebed didn't respond. Jochebed, please I beg of you tell me what the problem is". He held her palms and stared ineptly into her eyes. Jochebed replied;"that's the problem....fear! We're always scared. No one has been talking about it but it's written all over everyone's faces that we're scared, it's been three months, Amram, three months of living in fear. There's no joy in our family any longer, we've not been resting well. Just yesterday, Aaron was rushed home, they said he fainted at work. On getting to the physician's place he said he fainted because he has not been sleeping well. Look at Miriam see how lean she's become just because we gave birth to a child. I don't think we can continue like this and no one will die, we shouldn't die because of a baby that can be killed anytime...... Amram who has been silent since finally spoke, "what are you suggesting we do? Jochebed replied, "my husband I've thought about this throughout the afternoon and I've arrived at a conclusion.... (Moved closer to him and whispered to his ears) Amram took a deep breath and responded; let's hope that Yahweh will help us. We'll do that, first thing tomorrow morning I'll get the materials ready before I leave for work. You and Miriam can get it ready so that by next tomorrow we'll do like you suggested........ Thank you so much my husband, Jochebed replied and together they laid down and slept off.
The following day came, caught everyone up and doing. Amram and Aaron have gone to work; Miriam and Jochebed were making a special kind of basket when their steady work was interrupted by the cries of the baby. 'Miriam bring your brother', Miriam rushed in and came back with the baby wrapped in clothes; Jochebed started breastfeeding him and burst into silent sobs......"I don't hate you, I just want the best for you, for us(sniffs)....... Miriam moved closer and patted her mother's back, mother remember that this will benefit everybody including the baby(the baby chuckled) mother the baby is playing with you, she said and smiled at the baby. Jochebed smiled faintly at the baby, "Miriam continue with the basket, we must be done before nightfall, don't forget to add slime and there are more bulrushes at the backyard Incase the remaining ones here are not enough, I'll just go and make dinner". Okay mother, Miriam replied.
The following morning came earlier than usual, the basket with cover is ready, Jochebed is breastfeeding her baby, everyone stood quietly without saying w word to each other. Amram was the first to break the silence by telling them, he's off to work that they should be fast about it if they want their plan to succeed. Aaron followed suit after which Jochebed strapped her baby to her back and together with Miriam headed to the river.
On another route leading to the river, the princess and her maid were chatting and walking towards the river. Jochebed and Miriam were already at the bank of the river, Miriam opened the basket for her mother who firstly lined the basket with her wrapper and proceeded to put her baby in it. With tears streaming down her face, she covered the basket and ran home. Miriam pushed the basket a little further into the river and was watching it float when she heard some footsteps approaching the river, she quickly hid herself between the tall grasses at the river bank.
The princess and her maids got to the river and as she was about to undress, she heard the cries of a baby faintly. "Quiet!" She ordered and there was absolute silent in the river. Then the sound of the baby cries became clearer....... Find the baby out now!!! The princess ordered again and in no time after brief search the maids came back with a basket, the princess opened it and saw a baby boy;"o poor thing, this must be one of the Hebrews son.....see how cute he looks" the princess said as few drops of tears tickled her face.
She was distracted by the sound of waters behind her, when she turned...."should I get you a Hebrew woman that will help take care of the baby? Miriam asked as she approached the princess. There was a brief moment of silence, then one of the maid responded, "that's a good idea, my princess.....the princess cuts in, 'get one for me quick'. Miriam hurried home and came back in no time with her mother.
"Take.....,the princess handed the baby over to Jochebed,.....take good care of him like your own, you'll be paid at the end of every month. You can approach me if he needs any other thing apart from the things that will be provided at the end of every month. I'll come for him when he's of age" the princess said. "Thank my princess for this great honor, I really appreciate.....thank you", Jochebed said with a shaky voice. "One other thing.....,the princess said as Jochebed was about to leave,.....I name him Moses because I drew him out of water and Moses he shall be called". "Yes, my princess...... Moses he shall be called" Jochebed said as she left the river joyfully....... She can now take care of her own son without fear..... she's now getting paid for taking care of her own son..... Indeed Yahweh wants her son to be kept, she thought within herself as she smiled her way home.
HopeBy Darasimi Adegbola
"Hope" a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen, or a feeling of trust.
*What does hope mean in the Bible?
Hope. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). That verse was written to a group of people who lived in the midst of chaos, struggle, and persecution. To hope in something or someone means that I live in expectation that something I desire or long for will happen.
*What does hope mean in life?
Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation."
*Why is hope a powerful word?
Hope is a great word. It's a powerful word that inspires millions of people in many different languages. Hope has moved people out of untenable situations into better lives, and has helped humans stay alive long enough to figure out how to thrive. Hope is huge.
*What is the purpose of hope?
Hope reduces feelings of helplessness, increases happiness, reduces stress, and improves our quality of life.
*What is a symbol for hope?
All in all, people around the world have used the butterfly symbol to represent life, hope, change, and endurance.
*What is the power of hope?
Hope increases the sense of meaning in life and identification and realization of goals and dreams even in the midst of adversity. Individuals with high hope set loftier goals and are more likely to realize them. That's because hope is a better predictor of success than intelligence or innate ability alone.
*What gives a person hope?
Connections with proper, positive people, a higher power, and the web of life. Regeneration in all forms as stimulated by breathing, sleep, meditation, prayer, spirit, impermanence, and quiet. Witnessing or experiencing acts of love, goodness, and kindness.
*What are benefits of hope?
Hope is associated with many positive outcomes, including greater happiness, better academic achievement and even lowered risk of death. It's a necessary ingredient for getting through tough times, of course, but also for meeting everyday goals.
*What is the value of hope?
Hope or hopefulness enhances coping and improves quality of life in persons with chronic or incurable illnesses. Lack of hope is associated with depression and anxiety, which impact negatively on quality of life.
*What is the color for hope?
The colors green and yellow often symbolize hope. Green is the color of nature and represents growth and new beginnings, and yellow represents sunshine, light, and happiness.
*Is there a flower of hope?
Gladiolus. The Gladiolus flowers have a striking appearance to love. They represent hope, strength, and remembrance.
*What God says about hope?
“We rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2, ESV). “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Unlike worldly hope, biblical hope is not based on your effort or desires, it is something received. The God of hope pours hope into you through the Holy Spirit.
Who in the Bible had hope? In the Bible, Jesus brought hope wherever he went. He still brings hope to you and me today. May we find ourselves able to open our hearts to the hope, healing, and redemption that comes from God who, in Jesus, is utterly and demonstrably for us.
How many times hope was mentioned in the Bible? The Bible mentions the word hope about 129 times, and it is one of the most important virtues of the Christian alongside with faith and love.
Short Quotes About Hope
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – ...
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” – ...
“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” – ...
“I think it's a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one's self.” –
LoveBy Darasimi Adegbola