The last chapters of 2 Kings, concludes with God’s judgment being exacted on idolatrous Israel and Judah. The word was given at Sinai, God’s dealings in Israel were known, but the people followed their “hearts” to exile. The patience of God was taken for granted such that the mind of the nation became mad due to their calloused hearts.
We’re no different. As God used the Assyrians and Babylonians to discipline back-sliden Israel, so He may very well do it again today…even if it’s not as clear from a written text. When the herald proclaims his masters will, eventually it will come to pass.
Idolatry at the core propels us to ask, “Has God said?…” or question what He has already clearly revealed. We doubt His integrity and treat Him as the creature. The creature ends up calling the creator a liar by implication and decides to become His judge. But those who ontologically and epistemologically are finite can’t be trusted to become the infinite One’s judges, nor should they be trusted. But as it was then so it is today.
Nothing has changed and nothing will until God transforms the stony heart into one of flesh by His Spirit. In all my studies, I must give myself over to intercession and guard my soul from idolatrous bents the creature constantly encourages. So must the church in a day where what is wrong is called right, what is evil is called good, and what is righteous is labeled wicked.