Today’s story is tucked away in the Old Testament. The nation of Israel had been divided into two Kingdoms, the North and the South. The Northern Kingdom went through 19 kings in 205 years and not one of them did what was good in the eyes of the Lord. God was patient with them, but then sent them into exile via the Assyrians. They became the “Lost tribes of Israel.” The Southern Kingdom also went through 19 kings in 350 years, five of them did what was good in the eyes of the Lord. They were carried into exile by the Babylonians. That was the story last week.
Today, we are going to look at the beginning of the return home. You see, even though God had allowed the nations to be exiled, He promised that one day they would return to Jerusalem. 70 years after they started being deported to Babylon, a small remnant returns.
Why do we fail to listen to warning signs? In this message, Pastor Scott looks at the events just before the Southern Kingdom of Judah is exiled to Babylon in 586 BC. God had sent numerous messengers to His people to warn them to return to Him, but sadly, they waited until it was too late. Don't make the same mistake.
This sermon looks at the beginning of the end for the Northern Kingdom of Israel. It all started back when the nation of Israel rejected God as their king and demanded an earthly king. We are to have "No King but King Jesus!" The rule of Hezekiah and the ministry of Isaiah is also discussed.
God is trying to reach his people with a message. The question is: Will they respond to God or put God through to voicemail? If you pick up, will you listen; if you listen, will you obey? The message that God desires to be heard is delivered by special servants called prophets, God’s Messengers.
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