2 Kings 13- 2 Kings 19- Conviction from the Holy Spirit is a good thing!
Did anyone else feel a sense of wistfulness for Israel when reading chapter 17?
Looking at all the sad faces next to the kings of Israel, it's clear to see that the end was coming, but I wish it could have been different. I wish they hadn't become so "stubborn" and stayed in their unbelief (17:14). I wish they could have had a couple good leaders like Judah had. Judah had some bad kings, but then some good...that would get the people back on track. Why weren't there any good kings in Israel line?
And then, the final blow came during the time of King Hoshea. 😞 The Assyrians attack Samaria; the end arrived. It sounded so utterly final. "The people of Israel continued in all the sins that Jeroboam committed; they did not depart from them until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he foretold through all his servants the prophets. So Israel was exiled from their own land to Assyria until this day." (2 Kings 17:22-23)
Boom! End of game!