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)