Trapped By Sin 2 Kings 17:5-12 & 16-20 (HCSB) August 01, 2004

5 Then the king of Assyria invaded the whole land, marched up to Samaria, and besieged it for three years. 6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria. He deported the Israelites to Assyria and settled them in Halah and by the Habor, Gozan's river, and in the cities of the Medes.
7 [This disaster]happened because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt and because they had worshiped other gods. 8 They had lived according to the customs of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites and the customs the kings of Israel had introduced. 9 The Israelites secretly did what was not right against the Lord their God. They built high places in all their towns from watchtower to fortified city. 10 They set up for themselves sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree. 11 They burned incense on all the high places just like those nations that the Lord had driven out before them. They did evil things, provoking the Lord. 12 They served idols, although the Lord had told them, "You must not do this." 16 They abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God. They made for themselves molded images--even two calves--and an Asherah pole. They worshiped the whole heavenly host and served Baal. 17 They made their sons and daughters pass through the fire and practiced divination and interpreted omens. They devoted themselves to do what was evil in the Lord's sight and provoked Him. 18 Therefore, the Lord was very angry with Israel, and He removed them from His presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained. 19 Even Judah did not keep the commandments of the Lord their God but lived according to the customs Israel had introduced. 20 So the Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and handed them over to plunderers until He had banished them from His presence.

Introduction
    The lesson calls attention to a period of Israel's history when they paid the consequences of being
trapped by sin. It is very sad to see the results of being trapped by sin in an individuals life, and perhaps even more to see the effects sin on an entire nation. Why will we vote on August 3rd on a marriage amendment? I say it is the result of this nations permissive lifestyle, and Christians failure to live a life that stands up for righteousness. History may evaluate us as being trapped by sin. Please vote for righteous people, platforms, and policies as you go to the poles.
 

1.    The . . Results from Being Trapped By Sin. Vs 5-6

A.    Being Trapped By Sin Resulted In The . . Ravaging of the Populace. v 5
        5 Then the king of Assyria invaded the whole land, marched up to Samaria, and besieged it for
        three years.

B.    Being Trapped By Sin Resulted In The . . Removing of The People. v 6
        6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria. He deported the Israelites to
        Assyria and settled them in Halah and by the Habor, Gozan's river, and in the cities of the Medes.
 

2.    The . . Reason for Being Trapped By Sin. Vs 7-12

A.    The Reason of . . Forbidden Worship. Vs 7-10
        7 [This disaster] happened because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God who
        had brought them out of the land of Egypt from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt and because
        they had worshiped other gods. 8 They had lived according to the customs of the nations that the
        Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites and the customs the kings of Israel had introduced.
        9 The Israelites secretly did what was not right against the Lord their God. They built high places in
        all their towns from watchtower to fortified city. 10 They set up for themselves sacred pillars and
        Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.

B.    The Reason Of . . Faddish Worship. Vs 11-12
        11 They burned incense on all the high places just like those nations that the Lord had driven out
        before them. They did evil things, provoking the Lord. 12 They served idols, although the Lord had
        told them, "You must not do this."
 

3.    The . . Residue from Being Trapped By Sin. Vs 16-20
 
A.    The Residue of . . Abandoning the Commandments. v 16a
        16 They abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God.

B.    The Residue Of . . Apostate Worship. v 16b - 17
        They made for themselves molded images--even two calves--and an Asherah pole. They worshiped
        the whole heavenly host and served Baal. 17 They made their sons and daughters pass through the
        fire and practiced divination and interpreted omens. They devoted themselves to do what was evil
        in  the Lord's sight and provoked Him.

C.    The Residue Of . . Anger From the Lord. Vs 18-19
        18 Therefore, the Lord was very angry with Israel, and He removed them from His presence. Only
        the tribe of Judah remained. 19 Even Judah did not keep the commandments of the Lord their God
        but lived according to the customs Israel had introduced.

D.    The Residue Of . . Afflictions From the Lord. v 20
        20 So the Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and handed them over to
        plunderers until He had banished them from His presence.