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Sunday, June 22 2014
2 Kings 17: The Origin Of The Samaritans
"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"
King Solomon became corrupt in his old age (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?). For that, the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) divided the united kingdom of Israel into two independent kingdoms - "Israel" and "Judah" (see The First Kings Of Israel and Judah).
Israel and Judah themselves became corrupt (Israel almost immediately, Judah before long; see The Politics Of The Two Kingdoms), so the LORD had them taken away - back to Babylon, where Abraham originated (in effect, a national "back to square one"). The "progressive" slides (see Forward, Not Froward) of Israel and Judah into self-destructive "anything goes" liberalism occurred over a century apart (Israel by 721 BC and Judah by 586 BC) which is the reason that Israel and Judah were destroyed by two different empires. Israel was conquered by Assyria (their capital city was Nineveh - where Jonah was sent by the LORD; see The Nineveh Prophecies), while Judah was conquered by Babylon (the territory of Assyria and Babylon were nearly identical) - that had overwhelmed the Assyrian Empire (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image).
Hoshea was the last king of the Kingdom of Israel (see Hoshea Of Israel) before they became "the lost ten tribes" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). Hoshea was the last king of Israel, but there were eight more kings of Judah before their fall (see Kings of Israel and Judah).
"17:1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years. 17:2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.
The Kingdom of Israel fell because they became a self-worship state of idols: "they built them high places in all their cities" and "they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing" (see also The Politics Of The Two Kingdoms). They became not only like the heathen nations around them, but far worse than the heathen nations around them: "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." They arrogantly claimed to be superior to any other nation, while hypocritically behaving far worse in corruption, violence and moral perversion than any other nation.
"17:7 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, 17:8 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. 17:9 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. 17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 17:11 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: 17:12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 17:13 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.
The Assyrians took the "lost ten tribes" into exile, where they have yet to return (see When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?). In their place, the Assyrians ironically brought in people from Babylon - the birthplace of righteous Abraham (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan and The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). The "Samaritans" (as they came to be called), were the cousins of the people of Israel - "Israel" was created from those very people (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria).
"17:24 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. 17:25 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. 17:26 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.
Fact Finder: Did the religious "authorities" in Jerusalem call the Messiah a "Samaritan" - as an insult? Did the Messiah accept the Samaritans? Did many of the Samaritans accept the Messiah of all people?
This Day In History, June 22
217 BC: The Battle of Raphia. Ptolemy IV Philopator of Egypt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) defeated Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom (a later Seleucid king committed the original "abomination of desolation" of the Temple in Jerusalem; see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation).
168 BC: The Battle of Pydna. Roman (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) forces under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeated and captured Macedonian (see Ancient Empires - Greece) King Perseus at the end of the Third Macedonian War.
1535: A month after the Pope had made him a cardinal, John Fisher was executed at Tower Hill in London after refusing to recognize King Henry VIII as supreme head of the English Church.
1559: Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book was issued. During her 45-year reign, Elizabeth I rejected the Catholic faith, adopting instead the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church.
1593: The Battle of Sisak. Church of Rome "Christian" troops (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy) defeated the Ottoman Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1633: The Vatican's "Holy Office" in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to withdraw his correct scientific teaching that the earth orbits the sun. The (sun-worshipping) Church of Rome taught that the Sun "is the center of the Universe" (see Why Observe The True Sabbath? to understand how veneration of the sun is still found in many of the false teachings of the Church of Rome e.g. "sun day," the "halo," and a "sun rise" resurrection).
1675: The Royal Greenwich Observatory was established in England by Charles II.
1772: Slavery was outlawed in England.
1774: The Quebec Act was passed by the British Parliament. It established French civil law and the British system of criminal law in Quebec. It also enlarged Quebec's boundaries to include Labrador, Iles de la Madelaine and the Indian territory south of the Great Lakes between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers on the west. The Act was replaced by the Constitutional Act in 1791.
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), after overhearing a U.S. invasion force's plan for a further surprise attack on Ontario (they entered Secord's house where she was tending her husband who had been wounded in an earlier battle), Laura Secord (born in Massachusetts in 1775, her family moved to Canada after the colonial revolution there) set out on a 20 mile trek to warn British commander James FitzGibbon (Laura Secord became a "Paul Revere" to the history of Canada). The invasion was repelled at the Battle of Beaver Dams.
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second and last time after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
1870: Scholars began translation work on the English Revised Version of the Bible. Released in 1881, the ERV became the textual basis for the American Standard Version (ASV), first published in the United States in 1901.
1911: King George V and Queen Mary were crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1933: Adolf Hitler banned all political parties in Germany other than the Nazis (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: 8 days after German troops entered Paris, France signed an armistice in the same railway coach in Compiegne where Germany surrendered on November 11 1918.
1941: Adolf Hitler's "Operation Barbarossa" began when over 150 German army divisions (3,000,000 troops and 3,300 tanks) invaded Russia across a 1,800-mile front between the Baltic and the Black Seas. It was, and is, the largest invasion of another country in history (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1976: Canada abolished the death penalty, thereby joining other nations that sentence murderers to life.
1985: A terrorist bomb brought down Air India flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 people, including 280 Canadians of India origin.
1990: The U.S. "Checkpoint Charlie" was removed during demolition of the Berlin Wall.
2009: Acknowledging the new age of digital photography, the Eastman Kodak Company announced that it was discontinuing Kodachrome Color Film after 74 years.