2 Kings 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
“If you don’t stop that, you’re going to be in big trouble young man.” This was step one. Followed by, “ I mean it, you better cut that out or you will be sorry.” That was step two. After that, it was kind of up in the air. There could be a step three which was, “this is your last warning, I’ve had it with you.” However step three was not guaranteed. What am I talking about? These were the normal warnings I would hear as a child before being punished by my mom. Steps one and two were given as clear warnings. After that, I was risking it. If she was having a bad day, well step two was the end of the warnings. If dad was home, step one was the only warning. One thing I could never say was, I wasn’t warned. I was always warned there was a price to pay for misbehaving.
2 Kings 17:6 may seem to be a harsh and swift punishment by God. However this was the result of the inevitable truth. God repeatedly warned them this would happen. 2 Kings 17:13 says; “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 which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.” They cannot say they weren’t warned. This was inevitable for their sin.
I am so glad Eph. 2:4 says that God is “rich in mercy” toward us. However, this same bible says in Gal 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Both are inevitable truths.
Why would we ever try God’s patience?
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