This chapter is a commentary on Israel’s history and the major lessons for us, viz. verse 7. What warnings do you see in this chapter that we today need to take note of.
“Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight.”
So the dispersion really begins, with Shalmaneser king of Assyria taking away Israel, all the northern tribes, and repopulating with scattered other peoples.
This passage is really interesting. It’s history, but it’s also prophesy (preaching). Look at how much of it is the truth-telling of a prophet, again and again pointing out that God called His people to repentance, but they refused.
v9 says, “And the people of Israel did secretly against the LORD their God things that were not right.”
The list continues, all the way down to v17, where we see that their idolatry led them to child sacrifice. When their false gods didn’t give them what they wanted, instead of turning back to the real and true and only God, they decided to step deeper into sin.
It’s a good reminder for us, that people cannot get real joy or satisfaction, acceptance or assurance from the world, from false religion and man-made gods.
Praise our heavenly Father that He is the only true and ever-present God. There is none like Him!