Laying Down the Law (Part III)
· God Gave the Law so that His People Would Always Know Who He Is and Thereby Know Who They Were
· God Gave the Law so that Worshipping Him Only Would Be Their First Priority
· God Gave the Law so that the People Would Value Not Only the Creator, But His Creation
· God Gave the Law so that the People Would Value and Regard One Another
· God Gave the Law as a Promise for the Protection and Preservation of Human Life
As the people’s love for themselves and the created increased (self-worship and self-pleasure) and their love for God the Creator decreased (godlessness) the people became corrupt in their thinking and then became lawless in their actions. The result was chaos, confusion, and futile thinking. The prosperity, protection, and preservation that came in keeping the law had collapsed and the people of the promise were rejected by God and scattered across the nations - they were a people without a home - homeless. Listen to how the Paul the author of the letter to the Roman church describes it.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools,  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,  because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;  and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.  They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,  slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,  foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.  Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
In 724 B.C. Assyrian king Sargon II and his son and successor, Sennacherib, finished the demise and deportation of the ten tribes of Israel's from the Northern Kingdom by capturing and destroying its capitol city of Samaria. To this day there has never been a significant return of the dispersed Jewish people to that homeland. The Jewish/Samaritan Mount Gerazim Temple was completely destroyed and would later be excavated. Assyria re-populated the region and the city of Samaria with Gentiles.
In 587 B.C. The great Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II, in his strategic plan to possess critical trade routes to Egypt attacked and destroyed the city of Jerusalem, the capitol city of the Southern Kingdom of Judah. With the exception of a few older members of the temple priesthood, the entire Kingdom’s Monarchy and the Temple Sanhedrin were led into Babylonian captivity. Solomon’s great temple was destroyed and burned.
The diaspora or return of the Jewish people living outside of modern Israel/Palestine continues to this day…
The common connection between the collapse and destruction of the two kingdoms of the people of Israel between the 725 and 587 B.C reads like this. They became Godless, they then became corrupt, as a corrupt nation they soon became lawless, and as a lawless people they faced great chaos and confusion as to who they were and where they had come from - and then they collapsed and were quickly overtaken and scattered.
One: I Am the Lord Your God
Two: You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me.
Three: You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord Your God in Vain
Four: Remember the Sabbath Day, to Keep it Holy.
Five: Honor Your Father and Mother
Six: You Shall Not Murder.
Seven: You shall not commit adultery.
Eight: You Shall Not Steal.
Nine: You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor
Ten: You Shall Not Covet
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