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WHY DID ISRAEL GO INTO CAPTIVITY?

AUG 4

2 Kings 17:5-23
Memorise 2 Kings 17:7
"the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight"

The northern kingdom, the kingdom of Israel, was doomed from the very beginning. God made a promise to their first king, Jeroboam, that “if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.” (1 Kings 11:38). However, shortly after he became King of Israel, he irreversibly turned his nation away from the Lord when he built two golden calves and declared them to be the gods of Israel. He devised his own system of worship when he installed a new order of priests from the lowest of people, and declared new feast days (1 Kings 12:25-33). This caused every single generation after him to follow in his grievous sin, and it became a snare to them. Every single king of Israel after him prayed to these idols, and never truly followed after the true and living God, Jehovah. Thus the nation was continually ravaged by one rebellion after another, and just plunged deeper and deeper into idolatry and wickedness.

Finally after slightly more than two hundred years of continual disobedience, God said enough was enough, and used the King of Assyria to be His instrument of judgment upon Israel. This account is detailed for us in 2 Kings 17:5-6, where Samaria fell after a three-year siege. The subsequent verses from verse 7-23 give us the reason why God saw fit to judge Israel in such a manner. The reason is simple – “for so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharoah king of Egypt, and had feared other gods.” (2 Kings 17:7). Their varied heinous sins are described in the following verses: idolatry, false abominable worship, stubborn and wilful disobedience, and a rejection of God’s chastisements and rebukes. Because of all this, God was very angry with Israel, and thus rejected them as a nation, and “I” (2 Kings 17:23).

Indeed “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Dear teen, may you learn from and be warned by the example of Israel.

Thought: Does God's longsuffering have a limit?
Prayer: Lord may You help me to fear You always, and never incur Your fearsome wrath.