Today’s reading from 2 Chronicles 28 and 2 Kings 16-17 continues the story of the kings of Israel and their complete disregard for the Lord.
We learn that Ahaz was one of the most evil kings in all of Israel’s history. He worshiped every god he could…accept the Lord. Toward the end of Ahaz’s rule in Judah – before his son Hezekiah reigned — Hoshea began to reign over Israel in Samaria. This was the final dynasty of Israel. During Hoshea’s reign, God was so angry at Israel that he “…removed them out of His sight. None was left but the tribe of Judah” (2 Kings 17:18) allowing the Northern Kingdome to be conquered and exiled. This was the last of the 10 tribes.
When I read about the Israelites and how they turned so far away from God, I am often times left bewildered. How could they turn away from the God who freed them from captivity? The God who delivered on every single promise that was made to their forefathers – Noah, Abraham, Moses?? At times, it boggles my mind!
Then, I take a step back and realize I could be asking the same questions of modern day humanity. Are we any better than the Israelites?
Through the Bible, we have the advantage of knowing their history and the outcome of their rebellious nature. We know all the stories of God’s wrath and His grace. Even better, we have Jesus…who, through his grace, God sent to die for us so we could be forgiven and have everlasting life!! Yet, humanity as a whole is still making the same mistakes the Israelites made.
We (humanity) have of course evolved from making golden cows and living sacrifices; however, we still worship modern day idols such as money, social status, fancy houses and cars, designer clothes, prestigious careers, etc.
Why is it that humanity cannot learn from the mistakes the Israelites made?
Why do we find it so hard to follow such a faithful and loving God?
When was the last time you took a step back to see where your priorities are? Have you gotten off track?
The good news is that forgiveness is easy…all you have to do is ask. God will do the rest if you allow Him to.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Isaiah 13-17
Hugs & Blessings,