If you are keen to hear all the points, you can find the sermon and my ramblings in all its entirety at the link below :)
Israel were a real rowdy, selfish, disobedient, idolatrous nation of people, nothing like who we are today..... sarcasm
They never did well with blessing and continually rebelled against God. To cut a long story short, Israel end up braking off in to two tribes Judah & Israel. God then allows the Assyrians to capture Israel & then 8 chapters later the Babylonians (who had conquered the Assyrians) captured Judah & in so doing, destroyed the temple that King Solomon built in Jerusalem. Confused yet? To make it simple, Israel screwed up.... a LOT, and in so doing continually turned their backs on God. God then removes His hand of protection from them and they get SMASHED!!What can WE learn from this? God teaches a lesson to HUMANITY through Israel, that ETHNICITY saves NOBODY. It is all about Grace. Nothing we can do, no skin colour, no church attendance, no good work can save us. It is God's grace to reveal himself to us, THROUGH His son Jesus Christ, that saves us. If you need a Bible text to confirm this for you just read Ephesians 2:8..
'For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,'
I hope that as you read this, you find great joy in the truth that your knowledge of God, and everything in your life is a gift to you, from God. Regardless of where you are at, I encourage you to spend some time thanking God for all that He's done in your life. He is worthy of all glory and praise. :)
Thats my preach and first post done for now.