2 Kings 17

2 Kings 17 has “Hoshea….reign in Samaria over Israel….he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”.  Nothing learned yet so God allows “the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison”.  Hoshea is locked up.  Why.  Scripture tells us “this occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God”.  The Word does go on to give us a laundry list of what they had done wrong.  Sin always carries a price.  That price includes consequences that must be paid.

Here are the things the people of Israel were doing in their sinful living:

  • feared other gods
  • walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord drove out
  • in the customs that the kings of Israel had practiced
  • did secretly against the Lord their God things that were not right
  • built for themselves high places
  • set up for themselves pillars and Asherim
  • made offerings on all the high places
  • wicked things
  • served idols
  • despised his statutes and his covenant
  • went after false idols
  • followed the nations that were around them
  • abandoned all the commandments
  • made for themselves metal images
  • made an Asherah
  • worshiped all the host of heaven
  • served Baal
  • burned their sons and their daughters as offerings
  • used divination and omens
  • sold themselves to do evil

Quite an impressive list of sinful behaviors.  And it cost them dearly.  “The Lord warned Israel and Judah by every prophet and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes….they would not listen….were stubborn….the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight”.  This is suicide in motion.  The people of Israel were way off base in how they were living.  It was not much better down the road for the people of Judah however.

“Judah also did not keep the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the customs that Israel had introduced”.  They were also in the weeds and doing their own thing.  They had a very bad example in that “Jeroboam drove Israel from following the Lord and made them commit great sin”.  Leadership matters, just like parenting, which is also leadership.  People follow people.  And when the wrong people are leading, the masses will suffer and pay a great price.  That is what happened in both Israel and Judah.  And the price was severe!

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