Thursday, July 9, 2015

Reading 20: Israel Captured

2 Kings 17:1-23

The nation of Israel has fallen far from God. Since the split into Israel and Judah, Israel has had 2 good kings and 11 bad kings. Right now Hoshea is in charge and is the fifth bad king in a row. Israel is being attacked by Assyria constantly and has to pay a hefty cost to keep them from attacking them. Tired of this Hoshea conspires with Egypt to get rid of the Assyria. When Assyria finds out they attack Israel and conquer them. The entire nation is taken to Assyria to be slaves, just as their ancestors were slaves in Egypt

Israel had become like the people who lived in the promised land before them. The people who lived in the land before Israel were called the Canaanites for they lived in the land of Canaan. This included many different nations, kind of like how we are North Americans though under that banner are Canadians, Americans, Mexicans, etc. They worshipped false gods and did many evil things, such as child sacrifices. For this reason God removed them from the land and brought in the Israelites.

Molech, one of the Canaanite gods
Israel has become so far from God that not only are they doing the very same things the Canaanites are doing but have also invented more evil things that they Canaanites never even had done. Much like how God had flooded the earth because of the continual evil of the people, Israel had become so far from God that He kicked them out of their land and put them back into slavery. God had kept his end of the covenant for hundreds of years but at some point Israel would have to keep up theirs. Since they never did they lost out on the promise God gave them, the land.

God was patient with Israel. It's been 209 years of mostly unfaithfulness on Israel's part until finally God cannot stand their evil any longer. God is patient with us even when we are unfaithful. He awaits for our return. He would send prophets to try and bring Israel back. Sometimes we also need a smack upside the head to realize how far we are from God and He calls out to us in that way. God may be patient but if we continue to be faithful without seeking forgiveness and reject Him, it's going to come back to haunt us.

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