The Beginning of the End

The Text: 2 Kings 17-19 ; “The Story” Chapter 16.    ….    Note: You may have to click on the “read more” button below to reveal the message outline and audio links.    ….    The Context: The Jewish people are now divided into two independent nations, Israel and Judah.  The books of  1st Kings and 2nd Kings  are the historical record of the reigns of the kings in both nations.  Israel has a series of evil kings and Judah has a mixture of good and rotten kings.  Key Characters: Hoshea – king of Israel [the northern nation of the Jews]. Hezekiah – king of Judah [the southern nation of the Jews]. Isaiah – articulate writer and prophetic spokesman for God.    ….    Pastor David Riemenschneider delivers this weeks message, the next in the series on “The Story” , a chronological journey through the entire bible.  God graciously gives people many opportunities to choose “the good life”, but people foolishly turn away from God.   God is extremely patient, then takes decisive action.   People stubbornly bring judgment upon themselves.  ….    The message is preceded by the call to worship and readings from Psalm 94 and Galatians 6:1-10.  The message is followed by the Benediction.

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