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Baldhead Bible Podcast
24 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Manasseh is buried in the backyard: The Divided Kingdom Series
Hezekiah was a good King who followed Yahweh with all his heart. Though he did not end his reign on a high note, overall, he was a King who pleased God. And for eleven years his son Manasseh co-reigned with him, learning from his Dad how to lead the nation in a way that pleases God. And when his father died, at the age of twelve, Manasseh became the sole ruler of Judah. And you know what he did when he was finally on his own? He became one of the vilest, evil kings Israel and Judah had ever known. Why? What caused him to forsake everything his father stood for? And would he reject Yahweh for all of his reign? Listen to this week's story to find out. To follow along in the Bible turn to 2 Kings 21 and 2 Chronicles 33.
31 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
King Hezekiah gets sick: The Divided Kingdom Series
This week we come to the end of Hezekiah's story. The GOAT of Judah, one of the greatest Kings Judah ever had, is coming to the end of his days. He is dying, and the prophet Isaiah has shown up to tell him that God wants him to get his house in order because he will die. But Hezekiah is not ready to die. He still wants to live, so he pleads to the Lord for life, to not die, and to live longer. He prays for God to remember all he has done for Him and to give him more time on this earth. And then God answers. What is the answer God gives him? You will have to listen to this week's episode to find out. Turn to 2 Kings 19, 2 Chronicles 30 - 31, and Isaiah 39 to follow along.
38 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
King Hezekiah versus Sennacherib: The Divided Kingdom Series
The great Assyrian King was threatening the very walls of Jerusalem. He had marched throughout the Samaritan region, destroying nations and taking many captive and exiling them to Nineveh and the cities of his Assyria. And he had one prize left, the city of Jerusalem, and he was primed to siege and take it and wipe out the nation of Judah forever. Judah's King at the time was King Hezekiah, and he had to face the threat of Sennacherib and his vast army. But how? Where is Judah's, God Yahweh? When will Yahweh show himself powerful and defend His people? Hezekiah cries out to God in desperation. Will He listen? Will he save the people of Judah from King Sennacherib? Listen to this week's story to find out. To follow along in your Bible turn to 2 Kings 18 and 19, 2 Chronicles 32, and Isaiah 36 and 37.
26 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
King Hezekiah and the Passover Celebration: The Divided Kingdom Series
King Hezekiah is the ruler of the southern Kingdom, known as Judah or southern Israel. Last week, Hezekiah cleansed the temple, reformed and reordered the priesthood, and now he calls all of Israel to come to the temple in Jerusalem to rejoice and worship the one true God Yahweh. He calls all that is left of the northern Kingdom to come and celebrate. Will any of them come? Will the Lord accept their worship? What will this celebration look like? Listen to this week's podcast to find out. Read 2 Chronicles 30 to follow along.
30 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
King Hezekiah and the Serpent Cult: The Divided Kingdom Series
The greatest of all time, otherwise known as the GOAT. This week we meet for the first time the GOAT of the Kings of Judah, and his name is Hezekiah. Now it is not me making this claim of goatness for him, it is the Bible. Scripture says that there was no better King before or after him. And what made him so great? Well, for one thing, he was not afraid to take on super secret serpent cults. Listen to how he dealt with the cult of Nehushtan, and reigned in such a way that the Bible called him the greatest King of all time. To follow along turn to 2 Kings 18 and 2 Chronicles 28 and 29.
27 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
The End of the Story for one of the Kingdoms: The Divided Kingdom Series
The end, That's all, folks. And they lived happily ever after. All stories come to an end, a conclusion. And we hope they are happy endings, that the story ends with the hero riding into the sunset having vanquished all their foes. But other stories end badly; they end on a sad note. And this week, we hear one of those stories. The end of Northern Israel does not end well. Their story concludes ugly, painful, and the worst part about it is that it could have all been avoided if the people of Israel had done one simple thing: obeyed. Hear the end of their story, and may it be a reminder to us all that the only path to joy is trusting and obeying Jesus. To follow along in your Bible, turn to 2 Kings 17.
29 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
King Ahaz and the only sign that gives us hope: The Divided Kingdom Series
This week we look at the story of King Ahaz and the famous prophecy that "A virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Immanuel." This prophecy was pronounced by Isaiah to King Ahaz and later used by Matthew to help explain the virgin birth of Christ. How can a prophecy of judgment against a rebellious King of Judah be applied to the birth of Jesus? Listen to this week's episode to find out. Turn to 2 Kings 16 and 2 Chronicles 28 to follow along.
24 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Jotham and a life that did not waver: The Divided Kingdom Series
One theme that keeps coming up as I tell these stories is the theme of obedience. God expects His children to obey His commands. And if we do obey Him, God promises that He will bless us. In this week's story, we hear the story of King Jotham and his choice to obey and to not waver in that obedience. By doing so, God blesses him and, by extension, the kingdom of southern Israel. Hear his inspiring story and the call God gives to all his children to live a life of obedience. Read 2 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 27 to follow along.
27 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
The Folly of Pride: Kings Amaziah and Uzziah: The Divided Kingdom Series
Pride is the original sin, and led to the downfall of Lucifer as he wanted to be like "the most High." From Lucifer's first prideful desires, humanity has always struggled with pride and its various sinful manifestations. In this week's story, we hear about two Kings, who let their pride rob them of the joy of following God, but it also led to their personal ruin and destruction. their stories are a warning to our culture of the proper place of pride and how the greatest remedy to pride is found in giving God all the glory. You can follow the story by turning to 2 Kings 14 and 2 Chronicles 26.
19 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
King Amaziah: Dude who's your God?: The Divided Kingdom Series
King Amaziah is a fool. The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and fools despise wisdom and instruction. Well, King Amaziah was a fool because he followed God, but not wholeheartedly, and in that, he was a fool. Amaziah came to the throne at the age of 25, taking over from his murdered father, Jehoash. He had the chance to do what was right and to obey Yahweh and follow him all his days. But instead, Amaziah chose to imitate his father's heart and follow the LORD a little bit, but mainly with very little loyalty. What will happen to him and southern Israel? Listen on to find out. To follow along, turn to 2 Kings 14 and 2 Chronicles 25.
19 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
The bones of Elisha and faith in God: Stories of Elisha
This week we say goodbye to the prophet Elisha. After 56 years of serving Yahweh, he finally gets to go home and be with the LORD he loves forever. But even on his deathbed, Elisha continues to minister and try to call the people of Israel back to the service and worship of Yahweh. He calls for the young apostate King of Northern Israel Jehoash and offers to bless him with a bow and arrows. Listen on to hear more of Elisha's final hours and the miracle Elisha performs even after death. To follow along go to 2 Kings 13 in your Bible.
27 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Joash do you own your faith? Stories of Elisha
Joash was rescued from certain death by the heroics of Jehosheba and Jehoiada. Without their intervention, he would have indeed died. And then they instructed Joash in the things of the Lord and raised him to be a godly King once he took back the throne from the wicked Queen Athaliah. Joash even demonstrated his faith by caring enough to prioritize rebuilding the temple of the Lord. Joash loved Yahweh and was going to be a godly King the rest of his days. But then Jehoiada died, and Joash now had to be King and follow God on his own. He would do great because he demonstrated faith in God already. Or would he? This week's story is a warning for our age and anyone who cares about their children's faith. Do they own their faith, or is it all outwardly expressing love for you, but not for God? Read 2 Kings 12 and 2 Chronicles 24 to follow along.
29 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Jehosheba and Facing Evil: Stories of Elisha
Jehosheba is a name that I want you to remember. I hope her name goes down in history as one of the great women of faith. Because without her choice to stand up to evil, we wouldn't have the Messiah, the Davidic line would have been lost forever. Who is she and what is her story? Listen to this week's podcast to hear more about her and her courageous act. If you want to follow along turn to 2 Kings 11 and 2 Chronicles 22.
27 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Jehu and an incomplete obedience: Stories of Elisha
We are in a cosmic battle. The forces of darkness versus the forces of light. Yahweh versus Satan. And you are part of this great battle. Our story this week makes the case that God will use you to accomplish His will on earth. And when He does use you, will you follow the call and be fully surrendered to His will? Or will you be like Jehu and instead offer an "incomplete obedience"? Listen on to hear the rest of the story of Jehu.This story is found in 2 Kings 10.
28 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Jezebel, Jehoram and Jehu: Stories of Elisha
Elisha sends one of the sons of the prophets to find Jehu, a commander in the army of Northern Israel, and to anoint him the new King of Israel. The only problem is that Israel already has a King, and his name is Jehoram. And Jehoram and the King of Judah, Ahaziah, are friends who will work together to help each other maintain their throne. But this command to anoint Jehu King of Israel came from God through Elisha. How is this going to happen? How will God affect His will against two powerful Kings? Listen on to find out and to find out how Jezebel finally gets the punishment she deserves for all her wickedness. This week's story is found in 2 Kings 9 and 2 Chronicles 22.
23 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
He Died to No One's Regret: Stories of Elisha
What would you like to have put on your tombstone at the end of your life? What would you want God to say about your life, its work, and whether your life was worthy of praise? Would you want God to say he died to no one's regret? Well, God did say that about someone, and this week we will learn more about this man and the sad cautionary tale that his life takes. To follow along read 2 Kings 8 and 2 Chronicles 21.
25 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Two Stories, One Good and One Bad: Stories of Elisha
The writer of 2 Kings loves to talk about the wonders of Yahweh, especially as seen through the work and ministry of the Prophet Elijah. We have been hearing about some of his stories that are found in 2 Kings. This week we get to hear two of them: one good and one bad. Both of them show God working in mysterious ways, and both involve our man Elisha. Listen on to find out what happens. Follow along at 2 Kings 8.
27 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
The Siege of Samaria: Stories of Elisha
This week we tell one of the saddest and most horrific stories in the Bible. It reveals the depths of depravity that humanity can fall too, while also revealing the miracle-working God that Elisha serves. I want to warn parents and younger listeners that this week's episode contains material that might be too scary and emotional for younger children and some adults. So please read the end of chapter six in Second Kings first before proceeding.
23 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Lord Open His Eyes: Stories of Elisha
Have you ever asked the Lord for help over something that you feel is too trivial a concern for the God of the whole universe? Well, in this week's story, we hear a cry for help that seems pretty mundane: I lost my friend's ax. But how God responds, through His servant Elisha, is an encouraging story to make all our requests known to God. And then we end with one of the best demonstrations of the supernatural world written in the Bible. So this week, we go from the commonplace to the sublime, and along the way, we also learn a little more about the wonderful God we serve.
26 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Don't Do It Gehazi: Stories of Elisha
Elisha was the man, the new prophet of Israel. And God has been using him and working miracle after miracle through Elisha's ministry. Alongside him, this whole time, was his servant Gehazi. He was there when they met the Shumannite widow; he was there when God raised her son back to life. But along the way, there have been some troubling signs that Gehazi is not all that he pretends to be. And with this week's story, Gehazi's true colors are revealed. Listen on to find out and be reminded of the tragic consequences of serving the Lord out of improper motives. You can follow along by turning to 2 Kings 5.
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