2 Kings 17:13-18 Living Bible Translation
13 Again and again the Lord had sent prophets to warn both Israel and Judah to turn from their evil ways; he had warned them to obey his commandments which he had given to their ancestors through these prophets, 14 but Israel wouldn’t listen. The people were as stubborn as their ancestors and refused to believe in the Lord their God. 15 They rejected his laws and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and despised all his warnings. In their foolishness they worshiped heathen idols despite the Lord’s stern warnings. 16 They defied all the commandments of the Lord their God and made two calves from molten gold. They made detestable, shameful idols and worshiped Baal and the sun, moon, and stars. 17 They even burned their own sons and daughters to death on the altars of Molech; they consulted fortune-tellers and used magic and sold themselves to evil. So the Lord was very angry. 18 He swept them from his sight until only the tribe of Judah remained in the land.
Have you ever heard someone say, “Why would I want to read the Bible? It’s filled with evil. They burned their children.” This statement is a perfect example of picking out one verse of Scripture and using it as an excuse not to read the Bible. Perhaps you think I am being harsh, but when things don’t fit into our arbitrary societal boxes, many of us won’t take the time to find the truth.
And the truth found in this passage of Scripture (2 Kings 17:13-18) is this:
Solomon was the last king to rule over a united Israel. Then over a period of 200 years, 19 kings (most of them evil) ruled. And then the Northern Kingdom of Israel fell because God had had enough, and He chose not to protect them. He let them fend for themselves in their despicable, rotten, hotbeds of deprivation and evil ways.
But the truth found in another passage of Scripture (2 Peter 1:3-8) is this:
God’s divine power grants us everything we need to escape the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. And from these precious gifts we become more like Christ every day, and will see Him face-to-face when our time comes.