The people of Israel are famous for having left the one true God and following hard after idols that the cultures around them worshipped. Baal, Ashura, and Molech are some of those idols. They even sacrificed their children to Molech. In Jeremiah 32:35 God says, “They built high places for Baal…..to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.”
The Israelites aligned themselves with these idols. At times they worshipped both God and the idols. But this was detestable to God. God had shown himself to the Israelites as the one true God, the Creator who loved them, who parted the Red Sea, and gave them the promised land. Often the Israelites did not care about God, they punished the prophets and ignored those that God sent to tell them the truth. Because they ignored the truth, they would end up oppressed by their enemies. At times they were enslaved or held captive. Their enemies quite often had the upper hand when they chose not to listen to God’s commands and turn from their worship of idols.
Because of their lack of faith in God’s ways, they would end up in the hands of their enemies.
What does that have to do with us today?