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A young boy is taken captive

A chapter in the book Captivity of Caleb

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.





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.
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