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Rejected by God

God’s Word is plain as to what displeases Him, for before the inhabitants of the Southern Kingdom of Judah were carried away captive to Babylon, the Israelites of the Northern Kingdom were taken captive to Assyria for their sins against the LORD God. The sins the Northern Kingdom repeatedly committed against God had reached full capacity of His cup of wrath which was poured out upon them for their disobedience.

Twenty years prior to being taken captive to Assyria, the Prophet Hosea warned the inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom it would come to pass they would say, “We have no king, because we feared not the LORD… None at all would exalt Him,” (Hosea 10:3; 11:7). Recorded in 2 Kings 17 is the sins that brought the Northern Kingdom to its demise:

  1. They feared other gods
  2. They walked in the statutes of the heathen
  3. Did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD
  4. Built high places in all their cities to worship idols
  5. Set up images and groves in every high hill and under every green tree
  6. Burnt incense to idols
  7. Wrought wicked things to provoke God to anger
  8. Served idols

“Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the Law… Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God,(2 Kings 17:13-14). Therefore they:

  1. Rejected His statutes and His Covenant
  2. Followed vanity and became vain
  3. Went after the heathen round about them
  4. Left all His commandments
  5. Made them molten images
  6. Made a grove to idols
  7. Worshipped all the host of heaven (sun, moon, and stars)
  8. Served Baal
  9. Caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire
  10. Used divinations and enchantments
  11. Sold themselves to do evil to provoke God to anger

“Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of His sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only… The LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until He had cast them out of His sight. For He rent Israel from the House of David.”

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King Solomon and His Many Wives

It is true Solomon “had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines” for it is recorded in God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures, in 1 Kings 11:3. It has been suggested many of his wives and concubines could have been daughters given as gifts to him by surrounding potentates when peace treaties were negotiated with the Kingdom of Israel. As Solomon’s kingdom and influence grew so did his desire for these foreign women whom God strictly forbade His people as they entered the Promised Land from becoming involved with because of their idol worship (Deuteronomy 7:1-4; 1 Kings 11:1-2).

After all the magnificent successes God had given King Solomon throughout his reign, the Book of Kings records “when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart after other gods.” Those gods included “Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians… Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites… Chemosh, the abomination of Moab… and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.” Solomon offered sacrifices and burnt incense unto the gods just as his forbidden wives did who did not worship the One True GOD who had blessed Solomon in wisdom and riches (1 Kings 11:5-8).

Because of His Righteousness, God’s judgment fell upon Solomon and the entire Kingdom of Israel. It was then God pronounced the kingdom would be divided after Solomon’s death into the Northern Kingdom consisting of ten tribes of Israel, and the Southern Kingdom consisting of the remaining two tribes, Judah and Benjamin. Solomon’s son Rehoboam would rule the Southern Kingdom consisting of Jerusalem, while Solomon’s servant, Jeroboam, would rule the Northern Kingdom (1Kings 11:11-13,43; 12:1-24). As a Divided Kingdom God’s judgment continued to be poured forth as a result of Solomon’s sin for the next 400 years, until eventually the Northern Kingdom was carried away captive by the Assyrians and the Southern Kingdom found themselves under captivity in Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 17:5-6; 2 Kings 24:10-16; Jeremiah 52:28-30).

According to 1 Kings 11:4 Solomon’s “heart was not perfect with the LORD his God” concerning his many wives and worship of idols. King Solomon is made mention in the closing words of Nehemiah’s book after the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt and the return of Israelites from the Babylonian captivity had taken place. Nehemiah contended with those who were once again taking wives of the Ammonites and the Moabites, saying, Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things?… God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?” (Nehemiah 13:23-27). Solomon is not one to be emulated or used as an example for having multiple wives, for in doing so he greatly sinned against the One True God.

Meeting Messiah

Following the Resurrection of Christ those who had so vehemently sought for His death were left with an Empty Tomb. The watchmen who had been assigned to guard the tomb were given large sums of money by the chief priests with instructions to say to anyone who asked, “His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept.” In Jewish culture today this belief is still “commonly reported among the Jews until this day,” as Matthew recorded in his day (Matthew 28:11-15). For a Jew to finally meet the Messiah the Old Testament Prophets foretold about is truly life-changing.

God’s Instructions to His Children

As the Children of Israel wandered in the wilderness, God spoke to Moses concerning His statutes and judgments they were to obey once they entered the Promised Land in order to receive His blessings. God spelled out for them what they should eat (Leviticus 11), how to curb the spread of leprosy (Leviticus 13-14), the importance of personal hygiene (Leviticus 15), and how to conduct themselves in the new land they would inherit (Leviticus 19).

God’s words to Moses to speak to the Children of Israel included the familiar “Ye shall not steal;” “Neither lie one to another;” “Neither shalt thou profane the Name of thy God,” (Leviticus 19:11-12). The LORD further related to Moses the Children of Israel were not to turn to idols (v.4), they were to give their offerings to Him of their own free will (v.5), pay those they hired (v.13), and were not to be talebearers (v.16). They were also not to eat anything with the blood, use enchantments, nor observe times of supposedly good days or bad days for human activity (v.26).

In order to “Be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy,” (v.2), God instructed Moses to “not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind,” (v.19). From the days of Creation each animal was designed by God to reproduce after its kind. The mixing of different animals to produce a new type of animal was forbidden by God. The same applied to different seeds being “mingled” together to form a new type of plant, or a garment made of an alternative type of fabric that combined linen with wool. In order to keep the strains pure, God instructed Moses to admonish the Children of Israel to abstain from any attempts at these practices, which were part of idol worship taking place in the land they would inherit.

Included in the idol worship of the Canaanites was the rounding of the corners of their heads and marring the corners of their beards, cutting themselves to mourn the dead, and printing marks upon themselves. God forbade the Children of Israel to participate in any form of idol worship, for “I am the LORD” (vs.27-28).

God’s instructions to the Children of Israel to “keep all My statutes, and all My judgments, and do them,” was to cause them not to be spewed out of the land as was happening to those He was removing for them to occupy the land. God said, Ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.” The inheritance of the Children of Israel of the land flowing with milk and honey for which God laid out strict instructions was for His people to know, “I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people… I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be Mine,” (Leviticus 20:22-26).

Recognizable Proofs of GOD

Nation of Israel

The Nation of Israel is proof of God’s existence. As the Children of Israel made their way into the Promised Land given to them by God at the culmination of their Exodus from Egypt, they were admonished not to follow after the gods of those who inhabited the land. It wasn’t long before the Children of Israel began to wander off into idolatry and began to sin against the commands of God given to them during their sojourn in the wilderness. After being taken into captivity by foreign kingdoms, allowed to return to their land and rebuild the Temple, only to come under Roman occupation and crucify the Son of God, the Jewish people were scattered to the four corners of the earth for almost 2,000 years. The re-gathering of the people back into their land in recent years is fulfillment of God’s prophesy in Scripture that such an event would take place in the last days as all nations of the earth will come against Israel, her people, and the City of Jerusalem. No other nation of people in the history of mankind has been preserved and re-established.

Creation

In six days God created all the things man would need to live on this earth, including rest on the seventh day. Every tree, plant and herb was created to give man what he would need to nourish life on this earth and build shelter for himself and his family. Every animal God created serves a purpose in continuing life on this planet. God created just the right mixture of gases in the atmosphere and molecules in the water to sustain life. The changing of the seasons remains fixed year in and year out, along with the rising and setting of the sun at just the right distance from the earth each and every day. The creation and ongoing life on this planet is testimony to the proof of God.

Mankind

If not for God, man would not exist. The idea of man did not come from man. It was God who formed the first man from the dust of the ground. It was the breath of God blown into man’s nostrils that allowed man to begin to breathe and continue to breathe. It is the intricate pumping of the heart and the flow of man’s blood as designed by God that keeps a body from death. The very existence of man and the continued propagation of mankind up to this time is proof of God.

I AM ISRAEL

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the freedom of the City of Jerusalem following the Six-Day War in 1967, a newly released film titled “I AM ISRAEL,” produced by David Kiern and Elul 25 Foundation, is being made available to churches and small groups at no cost from May 23 – June 25, 2017. Experience the Miracle that is ISRAEL.

More information is available here