In II Kings 17 we have the record of the ten northern tribes of Israel being carried away captive by Shalmaneser king of Assyria. It was the Assyrian way to remove a majority of the conquered people and to place Assyrian colonists in the lands they conquered. When the colonists in this case moved into the land, bad things began to happen to them as the Lord sent lions among them to devour them because they didn’t fear Him. So the king of Assyria sent one of the priests of Israel back to the land to teach them how they should fear God. This was basically the blind leading the blind however since when the Israelites had lived there they didn’t live right either. Before being led away into captivity, the northern tribes had become very idolatrous. Now this priest has gone back to teach the heathen how to fear God… Well this passage goes on to indicate that they learned how to ‘fear’ God but they continued to serve their own gods. The men from Babylon worshiped Succothbenoth, the men of Cuth worshiped Nergal, the men of Hamath served Ashima, the Avites served Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. This last thing was particularly troubling. Their worship involved human sacrifice of their own children in order to have a hope of higher status among society ie. “the pride of life”.
“Well what has this got to do with us today?” you might say… My friend here in America we who call ourselves Christians are like these Assyrians. Read the rest of this entry »