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"Captivity of Caleb"


Prologue
Captivity Of Caleb

By light

THE CAPTIVITY OF CALEB PROLOGUE
Jacob was one of the sons of Isaac who was the only son of Abraham and Sarah. He had twelve sons who became the twelve tribes of Israel. God (YeHoVaH) changed Jacob's name to Israel. There is no J sound or vowels in Hebrew. Vowel points, a series of dots and dashes are used under the letters to form the phonetic sounds. YHVH is the name of God. It is pronounced, YeHoVaH. Also, there was no J sound in the English language until six hundred years ago.

By 600 BCE the Israelites had become a very sinful people. King Solomon reigned over the entire kingdom for forty years. He was known as the wisest man who ever lived, but he disobeyed God and married seven hundred women and allowed them to bring their idols into the Temple of YHVH. Soon after that the glory of God left the Temple and the nation began to decline. After the death of King Solomon about 930 BCE, the nation of Israel split into the Northern and Southern kingdoms. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin with a sprinkling of Levites made up the Southern kingdom. The remaining ten tribes became the Northern Kingdom.

Because the Northern Kingdom was so prideful GOD allowed them to be taken captive by the Assyrians in 722 BCE. Today Assyria might consist of Northern Iraq, Southeastern Turkey, and Northern Syria.

The Southern Kingdom would be Israel today. It took several years for Babylon, which was known as Persia and today is Iran, to capture the southern Kingdom. Because they had a righteous King, Josiah, YeHoVaH gave them an extra fifty years, but they still could not give up their paganism.
"The Captivity of Caleb" is a fictional story of a young Judean Boy who was taken captive by the Babylonians.



CHAPTER ONE
Time for Torah

Nathan adjusted his cloak, pulling it around him and sat down. He motioned for his grandson, Caleb to be seated near him. Caleb was barely eight years of age, but Nathan felt it was time for him to learn his family history and the laws of the land.

Caleb's mother, Naomi continued stirring the barley soup and waited for Nathan, her father-in-law, to begin teaching Caleb the Torah. At forty-six her hair was beginning to show streaks of grey and her once bright hazel eyes were starting to lose color. She was thirty-eight when Caleb was born. She and her husband, Amos had waited a long time to have children.

When she didn't conceive, Nathan told her the story of Hannah and how she prayed for many years for a child and how she promised YeHoVaH she would give the child back to Him if only He would give her a son. Hannah's son was Samuel and she kept her promise. Naomi told Nathan she would be willing to do the same if she was blessed with a child, but Nathan told her that times were different now and that the Temple had again been polluted with pagan worship.


"Please sit down, Caleb; we are going to start your Torah teaching today," He said." It's time for you to learn about your family history" Caleb drew his shawl around him, clasped his hands together and sat down next to his grandfather. Both grandfather and grandson sat with legs crossed facing the glowing embers of the fire warming the room.

Grandfather, Nathan, chanted a simple prayer before reading from the scroll. He read a few words, then put the scroll aside and touched Caleb's hand. Looking into his eyes, and touching him gently on the arm, he said,

"You are part of a chosen people. YeHoVaH chose our ancestor, Abram, to be the father of many nations. I want to tell you the story of the beginning of Israel, but most of all, I want to impress on you the importance of the name of our Elohim(GOD). You know that when we pray, we call Him YeHoVaH and you must never forget that."

"How would I forget that? We pray to Him many times a day. Sabba, why are we a chosen people, and what are we chosen for?" Caleb asked.

"We are chosen because we are the offspring of Abraham, and we are chosen to be an example to all the other nations. We are not special, but we do have a special job to do."

"Many years ago, there was a man named Abram who lived in the city of Ur with his father Terah, and his brothers Nahor and Haran. They all worshiped idols. They did not know any better. One day YeHoVaH revealed himself to Abram. He spoke to him and told him to leave his country, his friends, and his family and to go to a land that He would show him. He promised to bless him and make him a great nation. He said he would bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him. He said that all the people of the earth would be blessed through Him."

"Where did he go?"

"YeHoVaH led him to the land of Canaan. He took with him, his wife and his nephew, Lot. At the time that He spoke to Abram, he gave him a new name. He called him Abraham, which means, father of many nations, and he changed Abraham's wife Sarai's (Princess) name to Sarah, mother of many nations.

This was a very scary adventure for Abraham and his wife Sarah. Abraham was seventy-five years old, his wife, Sarah was sixty-five and they had no children."

"Would that be too old to have children?" Caleb asked.

"I would say that it is highly unlikely that they would have children at that age under normal circumstances," Nathan answered.

"So how could he be the father of many nations when he had no children?" Caleb asked sincerely confused.

"With YeHoVah all things are possible," Nathan, explained.

"When they got to the land of Canaan, YeHoVaH told Abraham to walk the length and breadth of the land. He said, "All the land you see, I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth. If anyone could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring could be counted."

"So then did Abraham and Sarah ever have children?" Caleb asked.

"Well, Nathan said, clearing his voice. No not then, but Sarah urged Abraham to have a child with her handmaiden, Hagar, an Egyptian woman. He called his name Ishmael."

"Was that a good thing, Sabba? Shouldn't he have children with his wife, Sarah?"

"Yes, you are right. People make mistakes, and maybe Abraham should have waited a little longer, because when Sarah was ninety and Abraham was one hundred years old, they had a son named Isaac," Nathan explained.

"Caleb, Caleb," his mother, Naomi called. "It's time for you to go to bed. Sabba can tell you more stories tomorrow."

At this point Nathan was a little relieved to be interrupted, finding the job of teaching Torah to such a young boy a little more difficult than he had expected.

"Nathan, are you sure he is old enough to hear all of this?" His daughter-in-law asked.

"I agree with you. He is very young, but our country is in a very precarious position right now. We do not know what is going to happen next, and he needs to know Torah. We may all be taken captive just as the Northern tribes and I might not get another chance," he told her.

"I'm sure you're right, it's just that he is so young," she insisted.

"I know, and if the situation wasn't so desperate, I would wait." he said sadly.

"No more stories tonight, little one, it's time for bed," Nathan said, patting Caleb's head.

"So be it, Sabba, shalom." Caleb said.

Naomi appreciated the tender touch of Nathan in Torah teaching. She knew that he would be patient with Caleb and answer all his questions, and there would be many.

Nathan spent a restless night. Sleep eluded him and when he finally did sleep, his dreams were frightening. He saw the chariots of Babylon encamped around Jerusalem. While it was still dark, he rose and walked to the gates and looked out. There were no soldiers there it was all just another bad dream. He was beginning to feel like Noah, who had warned the people for over 100 years of pending danger.

No matter how hard he tried he could not shake off the apprehensive feeling. Maybe it was because the king of Judah had formed a relationship with Egypt against Babylon. The prophet, Isaiah had warned Judah not to form an alliance with Egypt, but the young King did not listen.

Babylon and Egypt were at war with each other and it would have been better if Judah had not taken sides. The people had still not repented for their idolatry. Some had, but others were still worshiping Ishtar and Baal and not keeping the feasts of YeHoVaH.

Nathan having read the Book of the Law and listening to the prophet, Jeremiah knew that it was just a matter of time before the prophecy given by the prophetess Hulda would be fulfilled. The prophet Isaiah had warned Israel for years what would be fall them if they did not repent.

Even after YeHoVaH had warned them and allowed them to be attacked as a warning they refused to repent and ask for forgiveness, but instead they were defiant and declared that they would rebuild and be bigger and stronger than ever before.

"The rocks have fallen, but we will build with hewn stone, the sycamores are cut down, but we will put cedars in their place, they said. Nathan knew that hewn stone was a poke in the eye of YeHoVaH. They were saying that they did not need Him, but they would soon regret that thinking. The Assyrians would take them captive.


Author Notes I had a problem. I should have put the prologue in first, then the chapter. My daughter helped me post this besuse I am still having eye problems.


Chapter 2
Captivity Of Caleb 2

By light




CHAPTER TWO
All About Isaac

The next evening after dinner Nathan motioned for Caleb to sit again with him in front of the fire and learn more about his family history. Believing that the Babylonian attack was eminent, Nathan feared that he would not have enough time to tell Caleb all he needed to know.

"Caleb, do you remember what I told you about Abraham and that he finally had a son?"

"Yes, Saba I remember."

"Well, he named his son Isaac which means laughter, because Sarah laughed when she heard that in her old age, she was going to have a son."

"When Isaac was older God told Abraham to take his son, Isaac up to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him."

"How old was Isaac?" Caleb asked.

"We are not told his exact age, but we can assume that he was old enough to carry the wood up the mountain. I would say he was at least 12."

"Isn't Mount Moriah where our temple is? And Saba I thought it was wrong to sacrifice children," Caleb said with a frightened look on his face.

"This is what is called, "a shadow picture".

"A what?"

"A shadow picture is when YeHoVaH uses an example to show something that is going to happen in the future."

"When they reached the place where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac, God spoke to Abraham and told him he would supply the sacrifice. Then Abraham saw there was a ram caught in the thicket."

"You understand that we sacrifice animals because of our great sin. Someday there will be a great sacrifice that will take away the sin of the world."

"So, Abraham didn't have to sacrifice Isaac?"

"No because YeHoVaH supplied the ram that was caught in the thicket."

"I understand." Caleb said. "But we still sacrifice animals at the temple," he added.

"Yes, YeHoVaH has not yet supplied the great sacrifice promised by Moses," Nathan answered.

Caleb sat next to his grandfather and waited while he put another log on the fire.

"Saba exactly what is the Torah?" Caleb asked.

"The Torah is simple instructions given by YeHoVaH to Moses."

"When did YeHoVaH give Moses the Torah?"

Nathan took a deep breath and shook his head. This was not going as planned. He liked to keep things in order. He wanted to tell the family history in chronological order. But Caleb had so many questions, and if he didn't answer the question now, he might not be that interested later. Finally, he said, "You know who Moshe is don't you?"

"Yes, you tell that story every year at Passover."

"When Moshe led the Israelites out of Egypt, they went to Midian where YeHoVaH first spoke to Moshe from the burning bush. Midian is in Arabia. Then YeHoVaH asked Moshe to go up to Mount Sinai. It was there that God gave Moshe the instructions. The finger of YeHoVaH wrote the instructions on stone tables, and later Moshe wrote them on a scroll."

"Where is it now?" Caleb asked.

"YeHoVah gave Moshe directions to build a box in which to keep the stone tablets. Because the Israelites agreed to follow the instruction, when Moshe read them aloud. It was called a Covenant, and the box, which was overlaid with gold, and hosted two cherubim was called an ark. So, this is known as "The Ark of The Covenant."

"Where is The Ark of the Covenant now?"

"It is kept in a special room in the temple separated by a blue curtain."

"I have seen that curtain. It is called The Holy of Holies, and only the high priest can go in there once a year on Yom Kipper. Is it The Ark of the Covenant that makes that room holy?"

"Yes, Caleb. Now let us get back to our lesson."

"Do you remember the promise YeHoVaH made to Abraham and Isaac Caleb?"

Yes, he said he would multiply his seed like the sand of the earth." Caleb replied proudly.

"That's right. Well, to do that Isaac must find a wife. Tonight, I will tell you the story of Isaac and Rebekah. "

"Saba what happened to Ishmael the son of the Egyptian woman?" Caleb asked.

I'm glad you asked because that is an important question," Nathan said, trying to decide the best way to explain the situation.

"When Isaac was born Sarah asked Abraham to send Hagar and her son away because she was afraid Ishmael would take Isaac's inheritance."

"Was that right because wasn't its Sarah's idea for Hager to have a child and didn't Abraham love Ishmael too? And where did he go?" Caleb asked.
Nathan had not expected such questions from such a young child, but he was determined to answer them honestly.

"The truth is that Abraham did not want to do this but, God told him whatever Sarah tells you to do you should do because Isaac's children are chosen for this certain calling. but He also told him that He would make a great nation from Ishmael because he was a child of Abraham. So, Abraham gave bread and a skin of water to Hagar and sent her and the boy away.
Hagar wondered in the wilderness of Beersheba, but soon the bread and water was gone, and Hagar became extremely agitated and worried. She did not know what she was going to do. Hagar put Ishmael under one of the shrubs because she could not watch him die."

"But, Saba if Ishmael died, how would he become a great nation?"

"That's not the end of the story, Caleb. Hagar just wept and waited. And Ishmael also cried and finally YeHoVaH sent a messenger to tell Hagar, 'Do not fear, for YeHoVaH has heard the voice of the boy. Arise, lift up your boy and hold him with your hand, for YeHoVaH will make a great nation of him.'
"Then Hagar turned and was surprised to see a well of water and she filled the skin with water and gave Ishmael to drink.

Hagar and Ishmael lived in the wilderness of Paran. When Ishmael was old enough Hagar found an Egyptian wife for him and as YeHoVaH promised, Ishmael produced a great nation.
I think we will learn about Isaac and Rebecca tomorrow. It is getting late."






Author Notes Additional information

Jacob was one of the sons of Isaac who was the only son of Abraham and Sarah. He had twelve sons who became the twelve tribes of Israel. God (YeHoVaH) changed Jacob's name to Israel.
There is no J sound or vowels in Hebrew. Vowel points, a series of dots and dashes are used under the letters to form the phonetic sounds. YHVH is the name of God. It is pronounced, YeHoVaH. Also, there was no J sound in the English language until six hundred years ago.
By 600 BCE the Israelites had become a very sinful people. King Solomon reigned over the entire kingdom for forty years. He was known as the wisest man who ever lived, but he disobeyed God and married seven hundred women and allowed them to bring their idols into the Temple of YHVH. Soon after that the glory of God left the Temple and the nation began to decline. After the death of King
Solomon about 930 BCE, the nation of Israel split into the Northern and Southern kingdoms.
The tribes of Judah and Benjamin with a sprinkling of Levites made up the Southern kingdom. The remaining ten tribes became the Northern Kingdom.
Because the Northern Kingdom was so prideful GOD allowed them to be taken captive by the Assyrians in 722 BCE. Today Assyria might consist of Northern Iraq, Southeastern Turkey, and Northern Syria.
The Southern Kingdom would be Israel today. It took several years for Babylon, which was known as Persia and today is Iran, to capture the southern Kingdom. Because they had a righteous King, Josiah, YeHoVaH gave them an extra fifty years, but they still could not give up their paganism.




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