2 Kings 17:5-8

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writer is Mardi Mayerhoff.


5Then the king of Assyria invaded all the land and came to Samaria; for three years he besieged it. 6In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria captured Samaria; he carried the Israelites away to Assyria. He placed them in Halah, on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.7This occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lordtheir God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They had worshiped other gods 8and walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel, and in the customs that the kings of Israel had introduced.  2 Kings 17:5-8


Like the Israelites, who had been rescued from slavery, brought out of Egypt, and led to the promised land, we continue to sin against God, even though he gave us Jesus’ life to take away our sins.  We worship other gods (money, status, overindulgence, risk taking) and the ways of the culture in which we live – TV, movies, passion for sporting events, hero worship of athletes and movie stars who make millions of dollars for what they do. 


We have decided if we are not breaking any man made laws, we are living within the law.  We are captured and deported from the protection, peace, and hope that come when we obey God’s commands.


Let us pray:  Thank you God for your Word that reminds us of the people who preceded us, their successes and failures in honoring you and your commands.  Thank you for your forgiveness as we muddle through life making some of the same mistakes they made in spite of your Biblical examples and teachings.  Help us to come to you for guidance as we live in our world of material wealth where we are surrounded by the message “more makes you happy”.           In Jesus’ name. Amen


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