Even After Adulterous Idolatry, The Israelites Were Still His People

by | Jul 6, 2021 | Bible Study

The biblical period known as the divided kingdom is a painful one to follow. After reaching the pinnacle of blessing and prosperity, King Solomon fell into idolatry, bringing down judgment on his dynasty. That judgment came once his son Rehoboam assumed the throne, and rebellion brought division, resulting in the northern kingdom of Israel under King Jeroboam and the southern kingdom of Judah under King Rehoboam.

Both kingdoms suffered from the sin of idolatry—namely, the worship of several different Baals, the fertility goddess Asherah and the detestable god Moloch who required child sacrifice of his worshippers. God considered this idolatry to be nothing less than adultery by His people with whom He had essentially entered a marriage covenant at Sinai.

Nevertheless, one king after another did evil and led their people into this adulterous idolatry. They also rejected the safeguards of obedience to God’s law; therefore, society became increasingly greedy, unjust and oppressive. The prophets Amos and Hosea listed these sins and warned of coming judgment as a result

The prophet Joel saw that judgment approaching as an army of foreign invaders who would defeat and subjugate the people. But interestingly, he referred to this foreign army as God’s army, bringing the judgment that God had decreed. Joel then prophesied that even those God used to execute judgment would one day be judged themselves.

God would regather His people and restore their national life in their land. He would then draw the nations and judge them for how they had mistreated His people, scattered them abroad and divided their land amongst themselves. Joel 3:2 (NIV) says He will put the evil nations on trial, as it were, for what they did to “my inheritance, my people Israel.”

Even after disobedience, judgment and exile, the people of Israel were still His people. What a beautiful and encouraging thought that is for all of us. While our sins may momentarily separate us from Him, if we are part of His family through Christ Jesus, we can be assured of His great love for us and that He is always waiting with open arms for our return.

Join me for this week’s Out of Zion podcast episode, They Are Still His People. Walk Thru the Bible with me each week by downloading our Bible reading plan, and get started reading right away! Invite your friends and family to join us! I can’t wait to Walk Thru the Bible with you! {eoa}

Dr. Susan Michael is USA director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and host of the Out of Zion podcast on Charisma Podcast Network.

Read articles like this one and other Spirit-led content in our new platform, CHARISMA PLUS.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Defining the Dangerous Good Movement of Spirit-Empowered Men

Defining the Dangerous Good Movement of Spirit-Empowered Men

Jesus told His disciples that men could belong to culture (the world) or belong to Him. He then proceeded to tell them He had “chosen” them out of culture and brought them intentionally into His community. He knew both communities were available to men and that each...

Kingdom Economics: Seek Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding

Kingdom Economics: Seek Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) released the July consumer inflation report.  Consumer inflation moderated a little for July as higher prices for housing and food were offset by lower energy prices.  Consumer inflation was 8.5% compared to 9.1% in June and...

Abundantly Overtaken with the Blessings of God

Abundantly Overtaken with the Blessings of God

Our God loves to bless His children. In fact, this is one of the things that set the Israelites apart from all other people. The God of Israel loved His children and wanted to dwell among them and bless them. In return they were to worship Him out of a heart of...

Joyce Meyer: God Has More for You Than Meets the Eye

Joyce Meyer: God Has More for You Than Meets the Eye

Being a Christian and following God is a great adventure. It’s also challenging because, to people who don’t believe in Christ, we seem a bit odd in our way of thinking and doing things, like we’re upside down compared to how the world generally operates. But the...

Prophecy: The Josephs Are Stepping Into Their Suddenly

Prophecy: The Josephs Are Stepping Into Their Suddenly

“I have declared from the beginning the former things [which happened in times past to Israel]; they went forth from My mouth and I made them known; then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass [says the Lord]” (Isa. 48:3 AMPC). The promises that go forth from His...

Are Domestic Missions as Important as International Missions?

Are Domestic Missions as Important as International Missions?

Huntington, Indiana, is a small town that is witnessing a revival stirring within the youth. For 10 days, I was able to witness this firsthand by the opportunity to lead a trip to this town to serve with six other college girls. During this time, I saw how the Lord...

RECENT ARTICLES

Kenneth Copeland Ministries: 5 Things for Believers to Prosper in Tough Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJteJcC2Fr8 The Bible teaches us that God is our source of provision, no questions whatsoever. But have you learned how to dip your bucket in the well of His supply?...
8 Ways You Can Attract God’s Full Attention

8 Ways You Can Attract God’s Full Attention

We all want God’s attention, right? The best way to get His attention is to give Him our full attention, and pay close attention to what attracts Him. There are certain attitudes and actions which attract God and others that repel Him. We want to create an atmosphere...

Could Judas Have Been Saved?

Could Judas Have Been Saved?

The answer is yes. If Judas would have simply repented to God, he could have been saved. The Bible tells us that everyone can be saved. Judas knew he had sinned but he didn’t bring it to God. A person can feel remorse within themselves, but not remorse for sinning...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]