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 then repopulating with scatterings of other peoples.
This passage it very interesting. It is history and prophesy (preaching, the testimony of Jesus). Look at how much truth-telling happens, again and again prophets pointing out that God has called His people to repentance, but they refuse.
In verse 9 we read,
“And the people of Israel did secretly against the LORD their God things that were not right.”
The list continues to verse 17 where we see that their idolatry led them to barbarous acts such as 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.
This is a timely reminder for us. People cannot get real joy or satisfaction, acceptance or assurance from the world, from false religion, from man-made gods.
The only place these things can be found in our always-true and ever-present God. There is none like Him!
* Thank You Father God for Your love for us!
Thank You for Your grace and mercy towards us.
Thank You for saving us from our sin.
Thank You for Your work in us as Your people.
Thank You for Your strong and steady promise in the inheritance won for us by You the Son, King Jesus.
Thank You for the gift You give, eternal life!
Thank You Lord God, thank You!