Please Listen 2 Kings 17:18

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“Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.”

“Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.”

A very sad result from a series of events is mentioned in the verse above. The verse above says, “Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel…” There are many people who can get angry with you that you may be able to handle the result of their anger, but you cannot make the LORD angry with you and think that you can get away with what caused His anger. The LORD’s anger with Israel caused Him to remove them “out of his sight.” In other words, God wanted nothing to do with them because of all that they had done.

What was it that led to the LORD being so angry with Israel that He would remove them from His sight? They hardened their necks to the preaching of the prophets, they rejected the LORD’s statutes, they followed vanity, and they left “all the commandments of the LORD their God.” Where did all of this start? It started when they would listen to the prophets. God says in verses 13 that the LORD “testified against Israel” by His servants “the prophets.” The most devastating statement that God said about these people is found in verse 14 when God says, “Notwithstanding they would not hear…” If they would have just listened to the prophets, they would not have ended up in the terrible situation of being removed from God’s sight.

One of the most heartbreaking things I deal with as a preacher is to watch people ignore what I tell them they need to do. As their pastor and as a person who has walked the Christian path for many years, I have seen the direction that many take, and I try to warn them when I see them making destructive decisions.
Many could avoid heartbreaking consequences if they would listen and heed the preacher as he preaches and counsels. My friend, to harden your neck and refuse to listen to the preacher because you feel you know everything will only lead you down the path towards sin’s destruction. You may think that the preacher is against you, but he has watched so many others go down the same path that you are taking, and he is simply God’s warning to you to turn from your destructive direction to getting back to the place where you can enjoy God’s blessings. Let me give you a couple of admonitions concerning listening to your preacher.

First, your pastor is not against you. Your pastor has your best interest at stake. Why would he counsel or preach something that he knows would hurt you? As long as your preacher is not taking you in a different direction than God’s Word and your heritage, you would be wise to listen to his admonition.

Second, don't make up your mind that you know more than your pastor. I am not saying that pastors are all-knowing, but I am saying that God speaks through them to you, but they can’t help you when your mind is already made up.

Third, don't avoid your pastor when you think you know what he will say or when you know you are not doing right. To avoid the preacher and his advice because you are not doing right only causes your situation to worsen. Avoidance from the right voices will not prevent your bad decisions or sinful lifestyle from turning out bad. Listening and heeding your pastor’s warning and guidance will keep you from having to reap a lifetime of consequences. 

Dr. Allen Domelle


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