The First Captives Taken In Israel

I hope everyone had a meaningful Easter and Passover during this past weekend. There will be no questions today. I am on vacation until April 13th. 

However, beginning April 13th until the end of the month we will focus on the prophesies from Isaiah concerning a Savior.

The warnings of the prophets that Israel would fall into Assyrian captivity are already starting to come true. It will be several more years before total collapse takes place. But the record indicates that even now [during Pekah’s (king of Israel) reign], many of the people of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh are taken captive by Tiglath-Pileser (King Pul).

2 Kings 15:29

In the time of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel Beth Maakah, Janoah, Kedesh and Hazor. He took Gilead and Galilee, including all the land of Naphtali, and deported the people to Assyria.

1 Chronicles 5:23 – 26

The people of the half-tribe of Manasseh were numerous; they settled in the land from Bashan to Baal Hermon, that is, to Senir (Mount Hermon).

These were the heads of their families: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel. They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families. But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.

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