2 Kings 17:7-23 – All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lordtheir God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods 8 and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. 9 The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built themselves high places in all their towns. 10 They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 11 At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the Lord had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that aroused the Lord’s anger. 12 They worshiped idols, though the Lord had said, “You shall not do this.”13 The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers:“Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.” 14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God. 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although theLord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.” 16 They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal.17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger. 18 So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left, 19 and even Judah did not keep the commands of the Lord their God. They followed the practices Israel had introduced. 20 Therefore the Lord rejected all the people of Israel; he afflicted them and gave them into the hands of plunderers,until he thrust them from his presence. 21 When he tore Israel away from the house of David, they made Jeroboam son of Nebat their king. Jeroboam enticed Israel away from following the Lord and caused them to commit a great sin. 22 The Israelites persisted in all the sins of Jeroboam and did not turn away from them 23 until the Lord removed them from his presence, as he had warned through all his servants the prophets. So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria, and they are still there.
We would be wise to learn from the mistakes of our predecessors. I’m absolutely astonished and overwhelmed at the state of our nation today. I can’t even go into detail the travesty in which we all leave and breathe in America, the land of those in bondage, not in freedom. It would take weeks to go through the details of an American life and all that would do is make my blood presure rise and cause petty arguments in social media forums. I’m appalled mainly at the lack of respect and at the people who sit on judgmental thrones of their own glory evaluating everyone around them as if they ARE in fact judge and jury forgetting all the while where they themselves came from and what they look like when they walk away from their own mirror. I’m not just talking about unbelievers. Christians are acting the same because they have taken on the attitude of the world, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” PLEASE.
What examples are we setting for OUR future generations? Are we teaching them that we must rely on people, money, fame, or success to move forward in life? Or are we teaching them that God is our ONLY source? Is our stubbornness making us unreachable to the point where we no longer hear His voice or respond to His commands? Are we a light to the world or are we casting dark shadows by complaining ABOUT the world? Are we holding onto secret sin which really isn’t secret to God who sees everything? These are tough questions we alone can answer.
2 Kings 17:27-28; 40-41 – 27 Then the king of Assyria gave this order: “Have one of the priests you took captive from Samaria go back to live there and teach the people what the god of the land requires.” 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the Lord.
40They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. 41 Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.
What if YOU were that priest, that person, that chosen one to go back and attempt to change an ENTIRE nation of people and bring them closer to God? How would you fare? Would you fall into sin yourself by being dragged away by your own evil desires? Think about our pastors today in America…THEY ARE THE CHOSEN. They are doing everything they can to TRAIN US UP through discipleship and they do their best to show ministers how to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a FALLEN WORLD. Are we praying for them, or throwing them under the bus every chance we get? We MUST be the change we desire to see! WE cannot forsee change unless we are willing to change our OWN attitudes and actions that are detestable to the Lord! HE MUST COME FIRST!
You can read 2 Kings 16-20 about the kingdom divided and the kings of Israel and Judah at, Israel’s exile, and Hezekiah www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #2Kings
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from
Romans 12:16 – Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
We shouldn’t use what God has given us for selfish ambition. ALL people should be treated with respect, regardless of race, age, gender, political associations, and the like. Are we able to do humble tasks with others or do we only relate to people who can get us where we want to go?
Related Scriptures: James 1:23; Psalm 71:1; Proverbs 6:16