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Week 20 Day 1
First the Syrians, then
finally the Persians
All of them would overrun the "Promised Land"
and make their presence felt
in terrible ways
In these Biblical accounts
the coming of these warring nations
is paired with God's anger and retribution
There was a time when I responded
to this Old Testament God
as a tyrant who said
"You obey me or else ..."
not someone I would choose to love
Now I see God's anger
as God's love suffering
because we choose
sin instead of righteousness
and death instead of life
In God's anger I see his passionate love
which is grieved beyond measure
by our rejection of him
Disaster is a way of last-resort
for God to call us back to himself.
THE WAGES OF SIN Israel suffers the inevitable consequences
of being on the wrong road. II Kings 17
1Hoshea became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned
nine years. 2He did evil in the sight of the Lord, but not as the
kings before him. 3The king of Assyria came against him;
and Hoshea became his vassal, and paid him tribute money.
5The king of Assyria went up to Samaria and besieged it for
three years. 6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria
took Samaria and carried Israel away to Assyria, and placed
them in Halah and the cities of the Medes.
7For Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh. They feared other gods, 8and walked in the statutes of the nations whom the Lord had cast out from before them.
9Also Israel secretly did against the Lord their God things
that were not right, and they built for themselves high places
in their cities, from watchtower to fortified city. 10They set
up for themselves sacred pillars and wooden images on every
high hill and under every green tree. 11There they burned
incense and did wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger,
12for they served idols.
13Yet the Lord testified against Israel and against Judah,
by all of His prophets, saying, "Turn from your evil ways, and
keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the
law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you
by My servants the prophets." 14Nevertheless they would not
hear, but stiffened their necks, like the necks of their fathers.
16So they left all the commandments of the Lord. They made for themselves a molded image and two calves, made a wooden image and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 17They caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil. 18Therefore the Lord removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah.
20The Lord rejected the descendants of Israel, afflicted
them, and delivered them into the hand of plunderers, until He
had cast them from His sight.
23So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria.
24Then the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, and
placed them in the cities of Samaria; they took possession
of Samaria and dwelt in its cities. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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