After the children of Israel (the Israelites) went into the Promised Land, the land of Canaan, which God had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they were to possess the land, removing the people from each of the territories and removing ALL vestiges of their religious practices. The Israelites were to be a 'set-apart' people, God's peculiar treasure. They were to demonstrate to the world what it would look like to live in obedience to the one true God. They were given strict laws and statutes to follow so that they would not in any way resemble these pagan nations. God promised manifold blessings for their obedience, BUT....He also warned them if they did not obey, there would be severe consequences. They were a wicked, obstinate, stiff-necked people and they continually strayed from His paths. Time after time He showed them mercy. He pursued them. He sent prophets to warn them they were going to face dire consequences if they did not repent and turn back to Him. They refused. So, He took His hand off of them and allowed foreign nations to take them into exile for 70 years. II Kings 17: 7-20 explains:
All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods 8 and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. 9 The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built themselves high places in all their towns. 10 They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 11 At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the Lord had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that aroused the Lord’s anger. 12 They worshiped idols, though the Lord had said, “You shall not do this.”[a] 13 The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways.
Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that
I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through
my servants the prophets.”
14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God. 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.”
16 They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal. 17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.
18 So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left, 19 and even Judah did not keep the commands of the Lord their God. They followed the practices Israel had introduced. 20 Therefore the Lord rejected all the people of Israel; he afflicted them and gave them into the hands of plunderers, until he thrust them from his presence.
Fast forward to 2012:
America left the God of her founding fathers and chose to worship what man could create. Man's inventions and creations became the gods of America. They sought money more than God. Bigger houses, cars, vacation homes, and all kinds of technology soon consumed them. The Word of God was removed from the schools and evolution and the Big Bang Theory was taught in their place. The Ten Commandments were ripped from schools and courthouses and situational ethics became the by-word. Children were murdered in the womb and old people were tossed aside as worthless. Hollywood became their god, parading sexual immorality before their eyes and perversion of every sort, til their minds and hearts were corrupted. What God called an abomination was legalized and uplifted, being taught as an alternate lifestyle in the schools and accepted in the pulpits. The Word of the Lord was watered down and re-translated to suit the people. False prophets proclaimed a false gospel but the people were too blind to see. America has been led astray and no longer worships God, but does what is right in their own eyes and one day God's judgment will fall as surely as it did on the house of Israel!
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