Saturday, August 7, 2021

The way of nations

 

Deuteronomy 32:16

King James Version

16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, 

with abominations provoked they him to anger.


What is the "way of nations"?

The way of nations is also called the way of the heathen.

The Bible is replete with verses on grievous abominations against the FAITHFUL GOD of Israel.

So we shall start with this striking chapter -- practices which continue "unto this day" -- challenging the authority of GOD.

2 Kings 17

King James Version

17 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah 

began Hoshea the son of Elah 

to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.

2 And he did that which was evil 

in the sight of the Lord, 

but not as the kings of Israel 

that were before him.

3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; 

and Hoshea became his servant, 

and gave him presents.

4 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy 

in Hoshea

for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, 

and brought no present to the king of Assyria,

as he had done year by year: 

therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, 

and bound him in prison.

5 Then the king of Assyria 

came up throughout all the land, 

and went up to Samaria, 

and besieged it three years.

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.

7 For so it was, 

that the children of Israel had sinned 

against the Lord their God, 

which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, 

from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, 

and had feared other gods,

8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, 

whom the Lord cast out 

from before the children of Israel

and of the kings of Israel, 

which they had made.

9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things 

that were not right against the Lord their God, 

and they built them high places in all their cities

from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

10 And they set them up images and groves 

in every high hill, 

and under every green tree:

11 And there they burnt incense 

in all the high places, 

as did the heathen 

whom the Lord carried away before them; 

and wrought wicked things 

to provoke the Lord to anger:

12 For they served idols, 

whereof the Lord had said unto them, 

Ye shall not do this thing.

13 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.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, 

but hardened their necks, 

like to the neck of their fathers, 

that did not believe in the Lord their God.

15 And they rejected his statutes, 

and his covenant that he made with their fathers, 

and his testimonies which he testified against them; 

and they followed vanity, 

and became vain, 

and went after the heathen 

that were round about them, 

concerning whom the Lord had charged them, 

that they should not do like them.

16 And they left 

all the commandments of the Lord their God, 

and made them molten images, 

even two calves, 

and made a grove, 

and worshipped all the host of heaven, 

and served Baal.

17 And they caused their sons and their daughters 

to pass through the fire, 

and used divination and enchantments, 

and sold themselves to do evil 

in the sight of the Lord, 

to provoke him to anger.

18 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, 

and removed them out of his sight: 

there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

19 Also Judah kept not 

the commandments of the Lord their God, 

but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

20 And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, 

and afflicted them, 

and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, 

until he had cast them out of his sight.

21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; 

and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: 

and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the Lord, 

and made them sin a great sin.

22 For the children of Israel 

walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; 

they departed not from them;

23 Until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, 

as he had said by all his servants the prophets. 

So was Israel carried away 

out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, 

and from Cuthah, 

and from Ava, 

and from Hamath, 

and from Sepharvaim, 

and placed them in the cities of Samaria 

instead of the children of Israel: 

and they possessed Samaria, 

and dwelt in the cities thereof.

25 And so it was at the beginning 

of their dwelling there, 

that they feared not the Lord: 

therefore the Lord sent lions among them, 

which slew some of them.

26 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, 

saying, 

The nations which thou hast removed, 

and placed in the cities of Samaria, 

know not the manner of the God of the land: 

therefore he hath sent lions among them, 

and, behold, 

they slay them, 

because they know not 

the manner of the God of the land.

27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, 

saying, 

Carry thither one of the priests 

whom ye brought from thence; 

and let them go and dwell there, 

and let him teach them 

the manner of the God of the land.

28 Then one of the priests 

whom they had carried away from Samaria 

came and dwelt in Bethel, 

and taught them how they should fear the Lord.

29 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own

and put them in the houses of the high places 

which the Samaritans had made, 

every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.

30 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, 

and the men of Cuth made Nergal, 

and the men of Hamath made Ashima,

31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, 

and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire 

to Adrammelech and Anammelech, 

the gods of Sepharvaim.

32 So they feared the Lord, 

and made unto themselves of the lowest of them 

priests of the high places, 

which sacrificed for them 

in the houses of the high places.

33 They feared the Lord, 

and served their own gods,

after the manner of the nations 

whom they carried away from thence.

34 Unto this day they do after the former manners: 

they fear not the Lord, 

neither do they after their statutes, 

or after their ordinances, 

or after the law and commandment 

which the Lord commanded the children of Jacob

whom he named Israel;

35 With whom the Lord had made a covenant, 

and charged them, 

saying, 

Ye shall not fear other gods, 

nor bow yourselves to them, 

nor serve them, 

nor sacrifice to them:

36 But the Lord, 

who brought you up out of the land of Egypt 

with great power and a stretched out arm, 

him shall ye fear, 

and him shall ye worship, 

and to him shall ye do sacrifice.

37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, 

and the law, 

and the commandment, 

which he wrote for you, 

ye shall observe to do for evermore; 

and ye shall not fear other gods.

38 And the covenant that I have made with you 

ye shall not forget; 

neither shall ye fear other gods.

39 But the Lord your God ye shall fear; 

and he shall deliver you 

out of the hand of all your enemies.

40 Howbeit they did not hearken, 

but they did after their former manner.

41 So these nations feared the Lord, 

and served their graven images, 

both their children, 

and their children's children: 

as did their fathers, 

so do they unto this day.


The world is the way it is today.

Desolate.

Chaotic.

Unfaithful.

For we continue to do the same.

As had been prophesied.

The abomination, hypocrisy, hard-heartedness, betrayal, and rebellion continue.

2 Kings 17:33

King James Version

33 They feared the Lord, 

and served their own gods,

after the manner of the nations 

whom they carried away from thence.


Only by the GRACE of GOD are we not all consumed -- yet.

It is right that I write on these abominations, as the Holy Spirit of God inspired me to do so early this morning, for the times are critical.


Related material:

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ABOMINATIONS against GOD

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