I Kings 14:15 For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger.
Israel seeks other gods. The people of God set up sites of worship. They abandon their God who has done so much for them.
Then come the horrible consequences. I am sure that they felt like they were mistreated and abused. The truth is that they offended the God of their salvation.
How many today are suffering because they reject Jesus, the only way to God. They are religious. They believe in God. They just get offended that Jesus is the only way to God and the only means of pleasing God.
If you reject Jesus then you reject God. If you reject Jesus there will be severe consequences that are eternal!
A beautiful benediction
Romans 16:25-26 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
All praise goes to Jesus. It is Jesus Christ who is the answer to all of our needs from salvation to sanctification. Paul was certain that preaching Jesus to them was the answer. He preached the good news of grace to them. That was enough to establish them so that they could live out what He had done and was doing in them.
Thankfully these truths are for all the nations not just Israel. We have the blessings of God on our lives through Jesus Christ. Live Him high. Honor and magnify Him!