Ezekiel lived in a time of international crisis and conflict. Assyria was the world power in the area under the rule of Tiglath-pilesar III. In 724 B.C Israel raged war upon Assyria, and Israel was no match for Assyria. In 627 B.C the last of the able Assyrian rulers, Ashurbanipal died. Following the death of Ashurbanipal, Babylon under Nebuchadrezzer II wanted independence from Assyria.
Judah surrender to the Babylonians in 603 B.C., after seeing the total destruction of Ashkelon a year earlier. In 601 B.C. Judah revolted against Babylonian rule after seeing the Egyptian army defeat the Babylonian army. King Nebuchadnezzar retaliated against Judah in the winter of 586 B.C. Judah surrenders in order to save Jerusalem from destruction and to avoid the status of a conquered army.
Even though He was “tempted in every way” He was nevertheless “without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). 2 Corinthians 5:21 states outright that “He had no sin.” Jesus knew the laws of the Torah and put into practice the worship-words of Deuteronomy 28:14. “Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.” Loving people unconditionally was another aspect of Jesus’ worship lifestyle. The Gospels depict countless examples of Jesus interacting with people. Every interaction was filled with love.
This story gives us a understanding on how important is to always worship God and never take credit away from him, for everything we do we do it in the name of God. While Moses was faithful to God 99 percent of his life only one sin was enough to prohibit him the entrance to the promise land. We should make sure to understand that God chooses the weakest people to perform miracles trough them. Moses story provides us with sufficient faith and courage to follow Gods law everyday and to understand that if we sin we should always regred and ask God for forgiveness.
After every plague though, the Pharaoh might have just given up and let the Israelites leave Egypt, but God hardened his heart each and every time to make an example out of him. As a result of God hardening the Pharaoh’s heart, thousands upon thousands of innocent Egyptians had to die due to the plagues brought against Egypt. Further more in Exodus, God says: “but you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves, for you shall not worship any other God, for the LORD whose name is jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex 34.
He then transferred leadership to Joshua. The Torah ends with Moses' final blessing to the people, after which he ascended Mount Nebo, which is identified with Mount Pisgah, on the eastern edge of the Jordan River. Moses died there, able to see, but not to enter, the promised land. Moses was true to himself and his beliefs, even though his path was uncertain and painful.
After the death of his brother Nahor, Abraham and his family, including his nephew Lot and father Terah, left Ur to go to the land of Canaan (Genesis 11:27-31). In Acts, Stephen says that God appeared to Abraham in Ur, before he lived in Haran, and appeared again once he got there possibly to renew his call (Acts 7:2-4). After living a while in Haran, he was seventy-five by this time, Abraham left for Canaan. Less than a year later, he arrived there when a vision from the Lord assured him that this was the land his descendants would inherit (Genesis 12:4,7). He wandered the land for a few more years, travelling "as far as the great tree of Moreh at Shechem" (Genesis 12:6).
Nebuchadnezzar dispersed the Assyrians, pushed their Egyptian allies out of Syria, and was about to invade Egypt itself when he received news of his father's death. He returned to Babylon to take the throne. King Nebuchadnezzar is best remembered for his relations with the Jews and as the builder of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. the Jewish kingdom of Judah was positioned between two great powers: Egypt and Babylon. It was unable to remain either independent or neutral; if it joined one side, it would be attacked by the other.
To establish the nature of Clemens’ critique it is necessary to first analyze and then summarily characterize the nature of the war theology in, “The Book of Joshua”. Reading, “The Book of Joshua”, it is easy to see how human conflict has been so often justified with religion. Joshua in the conquest of Jericho commands the killing of all but the entire population of Jericho shouting, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord.
Israel’s beginning as an established nation and Israel’s recuperation from seventy years of Babylonian captivity is covered in the Books of History. After the conquest of Joshua, God sent deliverers also known as judges to judge the hearts of the people of Israel and rule over them after Joshua’s death. The Philistines’ brutally attacked the nation; subsequently, these assaults were a result of the people’s covenant disobedience. The Ark of the Covenant had been lost to the Philistines, consequently meaning they had a total disconnection from God’s presence and the mosaic covenant . God showed the people grace and punished the Philistines thus the Ark was returned.