Read: 2 Kings 18; 2 Chronicles 29-32; Psalms 48
Marked: 2 Kings 18:11-12, Then the king of Assyria carried Israel away captive to Assyria, and put them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed His covenant [and] all that Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded; and they would neither hear nor do [them.]
God brought wrath down on the northern kingdom of Israel and the Assyrians took them into exile. This may be difficult to understand. Why would a loving God do that? Verse 12 tells us.
Because Israel did not obey the voice of their God, transgressed His covenant, and all that Moses had commanded; they would neither hear nor do them.
That’s quite an indictment. Let’s also understand this happened after many years of warnings from the prophets God had sent His people. But they would not listen or repent.
Moreover, the southern kingdom of Judah was heading down the same path. They watched as their brethren were carried away captive and yet continued in their disobedience to God.
We have this history to show us what can result from our own disobedience. Will it change the way we obey God, His covenant, and commandments? If not, the world will suffer a similar fate.