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Exodus 1:13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: (KJV) Wicked people hate the prosperity of the righteous. The Egyptians were afraid that the children of Israel would join their enemies. People who are wicked are cowardly and unjust. It makes people fear, where there is no fear, and flee, when no one chases them. Human wisdom most often is foolishness, and very sinful. The Israelites had harsh task-masters set over them, not only to burden them, but to torment them on top of their burdens. The Israelite slaves suffered severely under their tormentors.
Deut. 28:37-53 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee.  Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.  Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.  Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.  Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.  All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.  The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.  He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:  And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.  Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.  The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;  A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.  And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.  And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee: (KJV) All these curses came upon Israel plus more - - - WHY??? Verse 47 clearly tells us! Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things. They rebelled against God, they disobeyed God, their hearts were not right wit God. Again - - - this is a warning to us my friend!
The “Jew” is universally recognized for extreme humiliation and anguish. Because they did not obey God, they reaped (and are still reaping) the “curses” that God pronounced upon them. It got so bad for them that they even ate their own children. Also see: 2 Kings 6:29; Lament. 4:10. Such was the horrible end to which the inhabitants suffered during the siege. Parental affection was gone; relatives were completely avoided, lest they should discover and demand a share of the repulsive provisions.
1 Samuel 12:9-15 And when they forgat the Lord their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.  And they cried unto the Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.  And the Lord sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.  And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the Lord your God was your king.  Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you.  If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the Lord your God:  But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers. (KJV) The work of pastors and teachers is to reason, explain, argue with people; not only cautioning and directing, but persuading to sway their mind-sets if they are wrong, thus gaining their trust. Samuel reasons of the righteous acts of the Lord. If they follow God faithfully, He will enable them to continue following Him. Disobedience would be certain ruin for Israel. Disobedience IS certain ruin for us today! We are dreadfully mistaken if we think that we can escape God’s judgment, by trying to shake off His sovereignty. If you decide that God will not rule you, my friend - - - then He shall judge you - - - and you will NOT like the verdict. 1 Samuel 13:6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. (KJV) The Israelites could not hide from their enemy. I have put this verse in because it reminds me of the following Passage. NO one can hide from God.
Rev. 6:15-17 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (KJV) At the sight of God sitting on His throne on Judgment Day, ALL people, great and small, will be absolutely terrified. They shall pray for the mountains to fall on them so that they will not have to face the judgment of the Lamb. (Hosea 10:8; Luke 23:30). NO one will be able to escape being judged by God for their sins. They will try to hide from God, but He’ll know exactly where they are, for darkness is as broad day-light to Him (Job 12:22; Job 26:6; Job 34:21-22; Heb.4:13). During the Great Tribulation, even with all the horrible plagues of judgment that shall fall upon mankind because of their wickedness, people will not repent of their sin (Mat.11:20; Mt.21:32; Rev. 2:21; Rev.9:20; Rev.6:9; Rev.16:11).
ALL those who previously showed no fear of God and arrogantly flaunted their unbelief will find that they were wrong! In that day they will have to face God’s wrath. NO ONE who has ever rejected or ridiculed God can survive the day of His wrath, but all those who belong to Christ will receive a reward rather than punishment. Do you belong to Christ? Has He made you a child of God? Are you born again spiritually? (John 1:12-13; Jn.3:3). If yor are, you have no need to fear.
Psalm 106:34-48 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:  But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.  And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.  Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,  And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.  Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.  Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.  And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.  Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.  Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.  Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:  And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.  He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.  Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord. (KJV)
Israel’s conduct in Canaan, and the way that God dealt with them, show us one specific truth, that the way of sin goes only one way - - - down-hill- - - speeding rapidly toward Hell’s gate. When Israel neglected to destroy the heathen, as they were commanded by God (Deut. 7:1-5; De.12:2), they soon were guilty of many of the heathen’s sins. One sin led to another, and another, and another - - - and brought the judgments of God down upon them. Their sin, in reality, brought about their own punishment. God showed pity to His people for His covenant’s sake. Because God does not change in His holy purity, or His loving and merciful nature, it makes Him change the course of justice into mercy.
As you read the actions of the Israelites, you may say: “ I would never do what they did.” But what about people in today’s modern society? They sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils - - - is that not today’s “abortion”? “But, I did not sacrifice my child to devils you say.” What else is it? That tiny,helpless person inside you - - - YES! a person! - - - did not ask to be there. Yet because you have your “rights,” you can kill him/her if you so desire. YES! Kill that tiny person! Abortion is murder! See our article on Abortion, and many others on the internet. Please check it out before you decide to murder your baby.
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions - - - is that not gays and lesbians? Personally - - - I cannot see how this immoral, perverted lifestyle of homosexuality can in any way be called “gay”. Gay means happy, cheerful, joyful - - - how can someone living in this sinful, immoral lifestyle be happy? Surely they have serious misgivings many times, because I know that the Holy Spirit tries to speak to their hearts. They just will not listen, but keep on in sin.
What about fornication and adultery? It is common place in today’s modern world. It is widely accepted. Does that mean that it is right? Is it OK because everybody is doing it? Absolutely not! It is a sin in God’s eyes and He shall judge you for it.
What about living together without the benefit of marriage? “Everybody’s doing it.” They might be doing it, but it is wrong in God’s eyes.
What about wife-swapping? People come up with some far-out and depraved things to do for what they consider pleasure. It may be pleasure now, but friend, you had better think of eternity. You do have an eternal soul within you and it shall spend eternity in just one of two places - - - Heaven OR Hell. It is your choice. God did give you a free will to do as you wanted to do - - -but so very often people make wrong choices that will end in everlasting destruction (2 Thes. 1:8-9). BEWARE!!! God’s judgment is certain to come! What will be His verdict to you?
Jeremiah 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. (KJV) The 70 years in Babylon represented seven neglected sabbatical years over a period of 490 years (70 X 7 = 490). Leviticus 26:43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes. (KJV) Israel’s land was supposed to rest (lie fallow) for one out of seven years. The Jews did not keep this commandment (Lev.25:1-7). No one can disobey God, no one can ridicule Him and get away with it. Since Israel did not keep God’s commandment to let the land rest, He had the final word - - - as He always does! While the Jews were in captivity in Babylon, the land rested! When the land rested 70 years, that made up for the 490 years worth of sabbatical years (Jer.25:11).
Seventy years (Jer.29:10) is the number of years of Sabbaths in 490 years, the period from Saul to the Babylonian captivity. It was righteous retribution for their violation of the Sabbath (Lev. 26:34-35; 2 Chron. 36:21). The seventy years probably begin from the fourth year of Jehoiakim, when Jerusalem was first captured, and many captives, as well as the treasures of the temple, were carried away; they end with the first year of Cyrus, who, on taking Babylon, issued an edict for the restoration of the Jews (Ezra 1:1).
Lament. 5:1-16 Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.  Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.  We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.  We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.  Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.  We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.  Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.  Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.  We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.  Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.  They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.  Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.  They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.  The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.  The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.  The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! (KJV)
Israel was humbled. Israel was afflicted. WHY? Because of their sin against God. They pour out their complaint to God. They complain not of evils feared (that might come), but of evils that they felt (evils that were with them). Israel acknowledges, Woe unto us that we have sinned! The vast majority of our woes are due to our own sin, our own foolishness and our own stupid choices. It is our sins and God’s rightful displeasure that causes us to suffer. We can indeed have hope in His pardoning mercy, His amazing grace, and His kind, divine guidance, IF we are penitent and admit our wrongdoings. But remember this, the sins of a person’s whole life will be punished with vengeance at Judgment Day, unless he/she achieves a sincere interest in Him (Jesus) who bare our sins in His own body on that tree (1 Pet.2:24).
More verses on Israel Humbled Into The Dust. Ex. 1:11; Lev.26:17; Judges 3:14; Jud.6:2; Jud.10:8; Jud.14:4; Jud.5:11;1 Sam. 4:22; 1 Sam.13:20; 1 Sam.17:11; 1 Sam.31:7; 2 Kings 13:7; 2 Ki.17:20; 2 Ki.18:14; 2 Ki.18:26; 2 Ki.21:14; 1 Chron. 10:7 ;2 Chron. 24:24; 2 Chron.28:19; Ezra 9:7; Neh. 9:28; Neh.9:36; Psalm 44:25; Ps.9:8; Ps.106:41; Isaiah 3:4; Isa.17:4; Isa.26:13; Isa.29:4; Isa.36:1; Isa.42:24; Isa.47:6; Isa.51:23; Jer. 2:14; Jer.13:9; Jer.14:17; Jer.7:4; Lam.1:6,8; Lam.2:1; Lam.4:5; Eze.17:14; Eze.19:12; Eze.33:28; Eze.36:3,6; Amos 5:2.
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Israel, Beginning of
Israel, 12 Spies
Israel, An Adultress
Israel, A Byword Among the Nations
Israel's Captivity Foretold
Israel Defeated in Battle
Israel, Divine Curse
Israel, God Hides His Face From Sin
Israel, Hatred of Israel is a Sin
Israel and Idolatry