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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).

Assyrian Empire

"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.

17:3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents. 17:4 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. 17:5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. 17:6 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." (2 Kings 17:1-6 KJV)

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.

17:14 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. 17:15 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.

17:16 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. 17:17 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.

A Woman Of Ramala 17:18 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. 17:19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. 17:20 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.

17:21 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. 17:22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; 17:23 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." (2 Kings 17:7-23 KJV)

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.

17:27 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. 17:28 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.

17:29 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. 17:30 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima, 17:31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. 17:32 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. 17:33 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

17:34 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; 17:35 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: 17:36 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. 17:37 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. 17:38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods. 17:39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.

17:40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner. 17:41 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." (2 Kings 17:24-41 KJV)

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?
See The Woman At The Well


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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).

Antiochus IV Epiphanes 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.


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