Study 17 Presentation 

The Story also talks about five movements that take part in God’s Story: 

Movement 1: The Story of the Garden (Genesis 1-11) 

Movement 2: The Story of Israel (Genesis 12 – Malachi) 

Movement 3: The Story of Jesus (Matthew – John) 

Movement 4: The Story of the Church (Acts – Jude) 

Movement 5: The Story of a New Garden (Revelation) 

The Kingdom’s Fall 

Beginnings and endings – stories start and end 

God’s Story always has a beginning and an ending but that is followed by a new beginning God’s Upper Story began with creation and will end with the second coming of Jesus but that is followed by a new beginning where God dwells with His people God’s Lower Story has many beginnings and endings and new beginnings 

The Kingdom of Israel ended with the Assyrians but God’s story continued with the Kingdom of

 Judah 

Now the Kingdom of Judah will end with the Babylonians but God promises a new beginning 

Timeless Truth: Listen and Live 

I. Manasseh 

A. Son of Hezekiah – grew up with religious reforms; 8 years old when God saved Jerusalem from Assyria 

B. 12 years old – possibly co-regent his father for 10 years 

C. Reigned 55 years – evil king but the longest reign of Judah’s kings 

D. Evil king 

1. Rebuilt the high places 

2. Built altars in the Temple 

3. Many gods 

4. Sacrificed his son(s) 

5. Filled Jerusalem with innocent blood 

E. King of Assyria 

1. Invaded Judah 

2. Manasseh prisoner – led by hook through the nose and shackles to Babylon – second capitol of Assyria 

F. Repentance 

1. Humbled by God 

2. Released by Assyria 

3. Fortified Jerusalem and major cities 

4. Cleansed the Temple 

5. Repaired the altar 

6. Commanded religious revival – worship Yahweh alone 

II. Amon 

A. 22 years old 

B. Reigned 2 years 

C. Evil king – followed father’s bad example 

1. Increased guilt in the land 

D. Assassinated – political reasons not spiritual reasons 

1. Traitors killed 

III. Josiah 

A. 8 years old 

B. Reigned 31 years 

C. Spiritual reform 

1. 18th year of reign (26 years old) 

2. Repaired Temple 

3. Discovered the Book of the Law 

4. Renewed the Covenant 

5. Celebrated the Passover 

D. Killed in battle with Egypt – 609 BC 

1. Costly political decision 

2. Egypt marching north as allies of Assyria against Babylon 

3. Doesn’t consult the Lord – may have been pro-Babylonian 

4. Warned by Pharaoh – Neco says that he was told by the Lord to go so Judah should not interfere 

5. Jeremiah wrote laments for Josiah 

IV. Jehoahaz – son of Josiah, not the oldest but chosen as heir 

A. 22 years old 

B. Reigned 3 months 

C. Egypt attacks 

1. Taken as captive to Egypt – dies there 

V. Jehoiakim – another son of Josiah 

A. 25 years old 

B. Reigned 11 years 

C. Evil king 

1. Spiritually bad – refused to listen to Jereboam 

2. Politically bad – not buried with kingly honors 

VI. Punishment from God 

A. Babylonian invasion – 605 BC; Babylon defeats Judah and Egypt 

1. Jehoiakim vassal – 3 years and then rebels 

B. First deportation to Babylon – includes Daniel and his friends 

C. Raiders 

1. Babylonian 

2. Aramean, Moabite, Ammonite – vassal nations controlled by Babylon 

3. Prelude to the next invasion 

VII. Jehoiachin – son of Jehoiakim 

A. 18 years old 

B. Reigned 3 months 

C. Babylonian invasion 

1. Jehoiachin surrenders 

2. Taken captive – prisoner in Babylon for 37 years; released; stays in Babylon; given honor over other captive kings 

D. Second deportation to Babylon – over 10,000 key people; nobility, leaders, soldiers, workers, artisans 

VIII. Jeremiah – 628 BC 

A. Chosen as a prophet – before formed in the womb 

B. Young – complains to God that he is too young to be a prophet 

C. Weeping prophet 

1. Jeremiah – “my eyes will weep bitterly” 

2. Lamentations – mourns the destruction of Jerusalem 

D. Warnings 

1. Guilt of the people – forgotten how to blush 

2. Punishment from God 

IX. Ezekiel 

A. Priest and prophet – part of second deportation; 597 BC 

B. God’s judgment – unbelief leads to doom 

C. Four living creatures – seraphim 

1. Four faces – became symbolic of the gospel writers 

D. Vision of God 

1. On the throne 

2. God’s glory – coming to Babylon and then later returning to Israel 

X. Zedekiah – Mattaniah; third son of Josiah to reign; uncle of Jehoiachin 

A. 21 years old 

B. Reigns 11 years – rebels against Babylon 

C. Babylon attacks – ninth year of his reign 

1. Two year siege of Jerusalem 

D. Sends messengers to Jeremiah 

1. Ask God to save us 

2. Reply: leave the city and surrender 

E. Babylonian victory 

1. Break through the walls of Jerusalem 

2. Zedekiah and the army escape 

F. Capture – near Jericho 

1. Sons executed 

2. Blinded 

3. Taken in chains to Babylon 

XI. Jeremiah 

A. Warned Zedekiah – thrown into a cistern 

B. Honored by the Babylonians 

C. Governor Gedaliah 

1. Grandson of Shaphan – royal recorder who assisted Josiah in his reforms 

2. Jeremiah placed under his protection 

3. Assassinated 

a) Ishmael and followers attempt to rule but end up fleeing 

D. Military commanders 

1. Take control of those left behind 

2. Inquire of Jeremiah – what should we do? 

3. Stay in Jerusalem and don’t flee to Egypt 

4. Flee to Egypt anyway – take Jeremiah by force 

E. Tradition: Jeremiah stoned to death in Egypt 

XII. Words of Hope 

A. New Covenant – Jeremiah 31:31-34 

B. Plan – Jeremiah 29:11-13 

C. God’s faithfulness – Lamentations 3:22-23

XIII. Ezekiel 

A. Jerusalem’s fall – hears about it in captivity 

B. House – southeast of Babylon 

C. Good conditions 

1. Ezekiel and Daniel demonstrate positive life while in captivity 

2. People still long to return 

D. Crazy antics – God asked him to do things as signs for Israel 

1. Chapter 4 

a) Lie on left side 390 days – years of punishment of Israel 

b) Lie on right side 40 days – years of punishment of Judah 

2. Chapter 5 

a) Cut off hair with sharp sword – not a razor 

(1) 1/3 burn in fire 

(2) 1/3 strike with sword 

(3) 1/3 scatter in wind 

(4) Collect some of the hair – bind into robe; remnant will survive 

XIV. Words of Hope 

A. New heart – Ezekiel 11:19-20 

B. Valley of dry bones – Ezekiel 37:1-14 

C. Heavenly Jerusalem and the Temple – Ezekiel 40-48 

XV. Applications 

A. God gives opportunities for repentance 

B. Disobedience has consequences 

C. God offers forgiveness to even the worst sinners 

D. God’s plan involves both the Upper Story and the Lower Story 

E. God’s promises never fail 

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (ESV) 

31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 

32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 

33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (ESV) 

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 

12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 

13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 

23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

Ezekiel 11:19-20 (ESV) 

19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 

20 that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 

Ezekiel 37:1-3 (ESV) 

1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 

2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 

3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” 

Ezekiel 48:35 (ESV) 

35 The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There.”

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