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November 4, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 17 (ESV)

In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea the son of Elah began to reign in Samaria over Israel, and he reigned nine years. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, yet not as the kings of Israel who were before him.Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria. And Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute. But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year. Therefore the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison. Then the king of Assyria invaded all the land and came to Samaria, and for three years he besieged it......Continue Reading

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  1. And they did wicked things, provoking the Lord to anger, 12and they served idols, of which the Lord had said to them, “You shall not do this.” 13Yet 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, in accordance with all the Law that I commanded your fathers, and that I sent to you by my servants the prophets.”
    14But they would not listen, but were stubborn, as their fathers had been, who did not believe in the Lord their God.

  2. It is the same old story for the kings of Israel: they did not follow the ways of God, but rather worshipped idols. Now they receive the punishment God warned them about: being exiled to a foreign land, in the case of Israel it is to Assyria. There is no stronger message of God’s rejection of them than Him removing them from the land of promise. It is interesting how this chapter describes just why it happened, what did Israel do to deserve this. What is most significant is that they didn’t heed God’s warnings, the warnings spoken by the prophets. He told them this would happen but they rejected Him anyway.

    It is neat that as the king os Assyria tries to resettle Palestine with foreigners, God brings along lions to attack them, making it clear that they have not come to just any land here, but the land of the God of the heaven. It is interesting that the people and the king of Assyria get it. They wonder what the God of this land requires. They send a priest back to Israel to explain, but they follow their own gods anyways. What a missed opportunity to see and believe the God of the heavens and not just of that land.

  3. 19Judah also did not keep the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the customs that Israel had introduced. 20And the Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel and afflicted them and gave them into the hand of plunderers, until he had cast them out of his sight.

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