RECOLLECTING FALL OF JERUSALEM

“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my coMore » venant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5)

Leslie M John

“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my coMore » venant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5)

God loved Israel and said to them that if they obey Him and keep His statutes He will bless them; otherwise, He will turn against them.

The division of the kingdom of Israel began with King Solomon performing abominable acts before the LORD. It was because Solomon’s loathsome actions that led to the destruction of the unified Kingdom of Israel gradually ending in the Solomon’s Temple becoming a by-gone word, and the kingdom dividing into two.

God raised Jeroboam, who was Solomon’s trusted aide appointed as supervisor over the laborers from the house of Joseph, as the greatest adversaries of him (Ref. 1 Kings 11:28)

“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee” (Deuteronomy 28:15)

After the death of Solomon his son Rehoboam offended Jeroboam by levying taxes on the ten tribes of Israel more than his father did. The Ten tribes of Israel led by Jeroboam rebelled against Rehoboam and formed the Northern Kingdom.

The rebellion resulted in the Southern Kingdom with only two tribes i.e. Judah and Benjamin in the Southern Kingdom. Jeroboam became the king over the “House of Israel” which was Northern kingdom while Rehoboam was the king of “House of Judah”. The Levites mixed up on both the sides.

None of the kings of Israel from Jeroboam to the last king Hoshea did what was right in the sight of the LORD and eventually the Northern Kingdom (House of Israel) was taken over by Assyrians and God scattered the “House of Israel”. God addressed the disobedience and idolatry of the “House of Israel” most of the time calling it as “Ephraim”.

Israel did not bring any fruit for others but only for themselves. Judah followed Israel in disobeying the Lord. God grieved over the retardation of the commitment of both Israel and Judah and handed them over as captives to Assyrians and Babylonians respectively. Later Babylonians subdued Assyrians and Nineveh, capital city of Assyria was destroyed beyond recognition. 

There were giants and mighty men in Canaan, and God gave Israel the Promised Land, Canaan, flowing with milk and honey and goodly things but with the very goodly things received from God they made goodly images of idols and worshipped them.

To the very God who blessed them they rendered shame, mockery and insult. They built altars to idols and worshipped them instead of offering sacrifices and oblation to the living God and, therefore, God took away from them their altars and temples.

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