Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are we sometimes create our idols of our own and yet profess to fear GOD? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To prove that you need to choose your GOD everyday, or be a victim of unseen idols that will pull us do
Are we sometimes create our idols of our own and yet profess to fear GOD?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To prove that you need to choose your GOD everyday, or be a victim of unseen idols that will pull us down.
2 Kings 17:41 (New King James Version)
So these nations feared the Lord, yet served their carved images; also their children and their children's children have continued doing as their fathers did, even to this day.
Wealth are unseen idols, decide to worship GOD alone.
GOD fearing yet worships idols
A. Author: unknown
B. Main subject: History of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah
C. Spiritual message: Powerful influence of rulers upon a nation
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. They worshipped the LORD - fears GOD
"So these nations feared the Lord"
These are not the original Israelite inhabitants, they are inhabitants of nations around Israel.
2 Kings 17:24 (New King James Version)
Then the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Ava, Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel; and they took possession of Samaria and dwelt in its cities.
2 Kings 17:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
They had followed the practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of them, as well as the practices the kings of Israel had introduced.
Luke 9:23 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
John 12:26 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.
1 Peter 2:21 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
They followed the practices of the nations. It's easy for us to copy our neighbors because they lived around us, but let's remember that we are to copy GOD in His Words not people around us not unless they are of CHRIST.
Ephesians 5:1 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
2 Thessalonians 3:7 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you.
They imitated the nations around them. You have to choose only one, if you have imitated the nations or those people without the LORD around you, it's understood that you have rejected GOD's covenant and decrees stated in His Words.
2 Kings 17:15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord’s command not to imitate them.