The Lord’s response through Daniel (Dan 13:44-13:46)

“The Lord heard

Susanna’s cry.

Just as she was being led off

To execution,

God stirred up

The Holy Spirit

Of a young lad

Named Daniel.

He shouted

With a loud voice.

‘I want no part

In shedding

That woman’s blood.’”

The Lord heard the prayer cry of Susanna. Just as she was being led to her execution, God stirred up the Holy Spirit in a young man, Daniel. This phrase indicates that this probably belongs as the beginning of this book and not at the end since Daniel is called young, not old. The Holy Spirit appears in prophets quite often. Daniel then shouted out in a loud voice that he wanted no part in the shedding of this woman’s blood.

Jeremiah meets the prophet Hananiah (Jer 28:1-28:1)

“In that same year,

At the beginning

Of the reign

Of King Zedekiah

Of Judah,

In the fifth month

Of the fourth year,

Hananiah,

The son of Azzur,

From Gibeon,

Spoke to me

In the house of Yahweh,

In the presence

Of the priests

With all the people.”

Once again we have an exact time frame for this confrontation with Hananiah. This meeting of Jeremiah and Hananiah took place at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah or King Mattaniah (598-587 BCE), the son of King Josiah (640-609 BCE) who was installed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (605-562 BCE) at the age of 21. Hananiah was a prophet from Gibeon, north of Jerusalem in the Benjamin territory, whose father was Azzur. Thus this meeting between Jeremiah and Hananiah in the Temple of Yahweh took place around 594 BCE, during the 4th year of the reign of King Zedekiah in the presence of the priests and all the people, as much as that was possible. Like the preceding chapter, this is a different numbered chapter in the Greek translation of the Septuagint, chapter 35, not 28 as here.

The prophet Oded (2 Chr 28:9-28:11)

“But a prophet of Yahweh was there, whose name was Oded. He went out to meet the army that came to Samaria. He said to them. ‘Because Yahweh, the God of your ancestors was angry with Judah, he gave them into your hand. However, you have killed them in a rage which has reached up to heaven. Now you intend to subjugate the people of Judah and Jerusalem, male and female, as your slaves. What have you, except sins against Yahweh your God? Now hear me! Send back the captives whom you have taken from your kindred, for the fierce wrath of Yahweh is upon you.’”

Once again, we have a story that is unique to this chronicler. The Israelite Yahweh prophet Oded warned the northern king of Israel that he should not take advantage of defeated Judah. This prophet Oded only appears here. Yahweh was mad at Judah, but now this massacre had gone too far. Oded warned King Pekah that he should not make captives of the people of Judah and Jerusalem. The king of Israel was acting out of rage, since he too was a sinner against Yahweh. The prophet Oded wanted King Pekah of Israel to send the prisoners back.