Iraqi military leader betrays us to Iran; our "ally" stabs us in the back



The last study reflected on alliances.  The illustration of WWII leaders was an uncomfortable alliance that broke down into a cold war later.  Today we see the military leader we placed in Iraq in conference with military leaders of Iran…our “friend” forming alliances with our enemies.  How could Israel forget the many wars with Syria and join them against their brethren in Judah?  Judah responded with an alliance with the Assyrians that is still causing grief for Israel.  Our leaders are caught in the same pattern.

In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.  And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.  Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.  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.  Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.  2 Kings 17:1-5

Israel was supposed to deliver tribute payments to their enemy after their defeat.  He was also discovered trying to establish an alliance with the Egyptians.  King Hoshea stopped making payments and was imprisoned by the Assyrian king.  Then the Assyrians began a military invasion while Israel was weak and leaderless. 

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.  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,  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.  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.  And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:  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: For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.  2 Kings 17:6-12

The Assyrians tooki Israel as prisoners, but we must remember that man is not in control.  Behind the events of our world are the powers of the spiritual realm.  What we do in our faith or unbelief will manifest results in our natural lives.  God is on the throne and he moves the powers of the earth, not our leaders or our enemies.  What part of “thou shalt not” don’t we understand?  He is God.

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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  2 Kings 17:13-17

Our nations still form alliances with disreputable nations because we serve false gods.  We cannot fix our leaders, but we can fix our own walk with Yeshua.  Believers go through these times with grace in spite of tribulation.  We will read about prophets, warnings, and their deliverance later.  But God will reward rebellion with darkness.

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.  Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.  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.  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.  For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;  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 17:18-23

The kingdoms of Israel have been divided since the sins of David brought the curse upon them.  God’s Grace has spared Judah from some of this grief, but they too are straying a bit now.  In our day we see Israel divided by Yeshua who is seen as Messiah or a false prophet by the Christians or the Jews.  Both houses struggle with temptation in this day, and God’s grace has kept them from harsh judgment most of the time.  The world recognizes Abraham without consensus on how to honor his God.  Even the heathen recognize the Lord, but his chosen people may miss what they can see.  God has his way of getting our attention.  The heathen king tries to place secular leaders from foreign nations over Israel with disastrous results. 

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.  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.  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.  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.   2 Kings 17:24-27

The Assyrian king understands that there is power in the spiritual realm even if he is not surrendered to this God himself.  He sends a godly man to teach the people how to live righteously.

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.  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.  And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,  And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.  2 Kings 17:28-31 

The priest taught them how they should fear the Lord, but perhaps he didn’t have time to teach them how to serve God.  Or they just decided to fear God but obey their false Gods.  They didn’t know how to love God.  They still loved the way of Satan instead.  They fear God in theory but not in spirit and truth.  Isn’t that the way of all cults today?  These people made priests of the most unworthy people they could find.

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.  They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.  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;  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:  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.  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.  And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.  But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.  2 Kings 17:32-39

Both the carpetbagger leaders who came to rule and the people of Israel continued in their own preferred false religions.  No amount of natural or supernatural disasters will cause them to turn from their destruction.  The prophets will speak against the foreigners who come as they have against Israel. 

Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner.  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 17:40-41

The Law was perfect only to prove that we are not perfect.  No religion can enforce human compliance, so human efforts are all in failure.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God, including the chosen people of God.  We will see other views of this disaster, with glimpses of our hope.  Only God is good, and only he can save us.  Have faith in the one who has promised to show us the way.  He is coming.