Today we take a look at the LAST king of Israel. Interesting!
“In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea son of Elah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but not like the kings of Israel who preceded him.” – 2 Kings 17:1-2
Hosea is now king of Israel and does evil in the eyes of the Lord, but NOT in the ways of the other kings. This is interesting! What evil did Hosea do? Let’s find out!
“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.” – 2 Kings 17:7
Let us never forget this doesn’t happen if God doesn’t first harden the hearts of the Egyptians such that God forces them to do harm against the Israelites.
“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.” – 2 Kings 17:9
God is so weak that he gets scared when the Israelites build tall things. Their crime right now is building tall things.
“At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the Lord had driven out before them had done.” – 2 Kings 17:11
How dare they burn incense to make their homes smell better!??!?!! Blasphemy
“They worshiped idols, though the Lord had said, ‘You shall not do this.’”! – 2 Kings 17:12
If only they had kept slaves instead, as God commanded was okay.
“They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire.” – 2 Kings 17:17
Admittedly, this one’s bad! But why not start with this and focus on this crime? Killing your kids should be enough and certainly shouldn’t come after burning candles in the list of punishable crimes.
“So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence.” – 2 Kings 17:18
Um…this is not much of a penalty. You aren’t doing anything for them anyway such that you aren’t in their presence now! Once again, God fails to punish appropriately.
“To this day they persist in their former practices. They neither worship the Lord nor adhere to the decrees and regulations, the laws and commands that the Lord gave the descendants of Jacob, whom he named Israel.” – 2 Kings 17:34
This shows the level to which God sucks at convincing people he exists.
“Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.” – 2 Kings 17:41
Again this shows God sucks at convincing people he exists. It’s almost as if…wait for it…he doesn’t exist!!!
Supposedly Hosea committed evil in a way that no other kings had, but I’m not sure what that was. This chapter says he and his people built idols, but so did others. It says they sacrificed their children, but so did others. They disobeyed God, but so did others. So what exactly did Hosea do differently? We are never told.
Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 13: A Prophecy Against Babylon