The nation of Israel was founded on spiritual principals. However, as the years progressed, the northern ten tribes began drifting from their spiritual roots. They continued observing the religious feasts and entered a religious building like clock-work each Sabbath. However, the daily lives of God's people resembled that of the pagans. God was relegated to the back-burner and man-made idols became the focal point in their places of worship. They became materialistic. They drifted so far from the Lord that they actually sacrificed their children. God sent prophets to call them to repentance, but they turned a deaf ear. Because of God's people refusing to alter course, they reaped from their negative sowing, and in 722 BC they were defeated by the Assyrians. Those who were not killed in battle were taken captive to Assyria where they became assimulated into the Assyrian way oi life. No longer did they experience the freedom and prestige they once enjoyed. The northern kingdom never returned to their homeland, which is why they are referred to as the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Judgment upon Israel was a result of the conduct of God's people.
Approximately one hundred years later the southern tribe of Israel (Judah and Benjamin) were on the same destructive path. Because of their refusing to repent they ended up in bondage in Babylon. They failed to learn from the mistakes made by their northern brethren. Because of the conduct of God's people Israel once again reaped from their negative sowing.
The United States was also founded on Christian principals, but God's people have relegated Him to the back-burner. There are many places of worship in each U.S. community, but with few exceptions, they have evolved into nothing more than religious clubs. Despite their church involvement the majority of God's people function similar to the world, where such bondage as worry, anger, and depression is a way of life—addictions. Pornography has become an epidemic in Christian circles. Abortions are viewed by many of God's people as being acceptable. Instead of fundamental pastors strengthening their flocks with solid Bible teaching the preaching of the gospel is too often the focus.
Unless 2 Chronicles 7:14 becomes a heart reality with God's people American will forsake the freedom and prestige it enjoyed in the past.
We will begin this Jeremiah Overview lesson by examining key verses recorded in the book of Jeremiah. In this lesson we will discover:
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