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!

It makes me think of Romans 1:24-28: 
"Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.....Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done."

One commentary puts it like this, "As the wicked desert God, God in turn deserted them, no longer giving them divine direction or restraint, but allowing them to corrupt themselves as they wished. Because they would not honor Him, He let them do what they pleased to dishonor themselves.  Being given over or yielded up to one's sinful desires is a judgement from God."😟  

What a valuable lesson for us!  Praise the Lord we have the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin!!! The restraint of sin that we have through the power of the Holy Spirit is a BLESSING!  Conviction is a good thing!!!
If that restraint is removed, there will follow a downward spiral to all sorts of wickedness. 

Lord, I pray that leaders continue to rise up to return people back to you as they did in the Judah clan.  Praise the Lord that Judah got Hezekiah to influence the people for awhile.  May we have a few Hezekiah's now, Lord!! 


Melanie said…
Thank you, Anita, for your insightful thoughts on 2 Kings. I at least follow you here...smile.
It's been joy to read with you!!

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