2 Kings 17:15 They despised his statutes and his covenant that he made with their fathers and the warnings that he gave them. They went after false idols and became false, and they followed the nations that were around them, concerning whom the Lord had commanded them that they should not do like them.
This section gives a brief summary of why the northern kingdom of Israel fell to the Assyrians in 722 BC.
- They went after false idols
- They became false
- The followed the nations that were around them instead of following God's commands
Can you imagine coming to the place in your life when God looks down upon you and declares that you have become false. This seems worse then just believing something false, or listening to wisdom that is false; God declares that as an individual, you have moved from the category of true, over to the category of false. You are false.
One of the ways that you and I can become just like the northern kingdom of Israel is by becoming conformed to the image of the world. Romans 12:2 tells us:
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If we become conformed to the lifestyle, ideas, and morals of the world around us, we loose our ability to discern the will of God. We can not see any longer what is good, acceptable, and perfect, but only what is evil, unacceptable, and imperfect. We then run the risk, not of being captured by the Assyrians and brought to Babylon; but by being captured by the devil and brought to hell, the eternal Babylon. The fall of the northern Kingdom is meant to point us afresh to the will of our Father in heaven. He does not want us to become conformed to the image of the world, but be transformed by the renewal of our minds. He wants us not to be false, but true.