Victory Vitamin Blog – 2 Chronicles 36:16

But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. 

-2 Chronicles 36:16 NIV

 

 

The Israelites always wanted a king.  God told them it was a bad idea, but they wanted a king just the same.  These kings continually led the Israelites away from the LORD.  They encouraged the people to worship idols, and the people were all too willing to obey their kings.  God sent prophets to warn the kings and the Israelites to turn from their evil ways, “but they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words, and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.”  As a result, the Israelites were taken captive to Babylon and the Nation of Israel would never be the same.  Sadly, they had no one to blame but themselves.  They mocked God until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against them and there was no remedy.  NO remedy.  Think about that.  That’s a terminal diagnosis.  No way to fix it.  It’s over.  There was no remedy for the Israelites under the Old Covenant, but God had promised a new one.  He said, “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah…I will forgive their wickedness, and remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31)  God provided the Remedy.  His name is Jesus.  You and I have also disobeyed God, and ignored His calls to change our ways.  His wrath was aroused against us, but there IS a remedy.  Jesus died in our place.  You are forgiven.  Jesus is the Remedy.  God could have punished you directly, but He doesn’t want to.  God is love.  God loves you, that’s why He punished His perfect, sinless son instead.  God loves you.  You’re forgiven. Now act like it.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 14, 2018 – 2 Chronicles and Ezekiel

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 14, 2018 – 2 Chronicles and Ezekiel

This week we continue our sermon series, “The Story”.  A journey through God’s interaction with His people since Creation.  The era of the kings in Israel comes to an end.  Sadly, so does the nation of Israel as we have known it to this point. Learn more about 2 Chronicles and Ezekiel this Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Victory Lutheran Church.

 

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – 2 Kings 17:7-8

“All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD…”

-2 Kings 17:7-8 NIV

 

At this point in Israel’s history the kingdom was divided.  They demanded a king, there was an argument now there were two kings and two separate kingdoms of Israel.  The Northern kingdom was attacked and taken over by the Assyrians and the Southern Kingdom would fall shortly.  Israel would never be the same.  Why did this happen?  Read the verse above.  God had given the Israelites hundreds and hundreds of chances.  They insisted on disobeying Him and worshiping false gods instead.  Since they didn’t want the LORD as their God, the LORD withdrew His protection and they were overrun.  They reaped what they sowed.  They made their bed and now they were lying in it. It’s typical for humans to blame God when bad things happen, but is that really fair?  There are natural, logical consequences for our sinful choices.  If you rob a bank and land in prison, is that God’s fault?  Of course, there are tragic events that do not arise directly from our sinful actions but even then, be careful about blaming God.  We live in a sinful world.  Bad things happen in a sinful world.  Crime, disease, death.  It is best that we hold our tongue and let God be God.  Even in the worst circumstances we rejoice that our God has delivered us from the ultimate consequence of sin.  Jesus reaped what we sowed.  We made the bed, and Jesus laid in it for three days before He came back to life, earning forgiveness and eternal life for all who trust in Him.  All evil happens because there is sin in this world.  Nevertheless, we say, “Thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Corinthians 15:57)