II Kings 15:27 - II Kings 25:30
Israel is doing their own thing again. God removes them out of his sight.
"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."
II Kings 17:18
So many bad things are happening to the men so they will turn towards God but nothing works. The men turn to the King of Assyria for help.
"Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land." II Kings 17:26
The King gets a priest to teach the men to fear the Lord.
"Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the Lord." II Kings 17:28
They learn to fear the Lord but they still worship others gods.
"So they feared the Lord, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places." II Kings 17:32
"They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence." II Kings 17:33
"So these nations feared the Lord, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day." II Kings 17:41
As Christians, is this what we are doing in our lives? Are we going to church on Sunday, learning about God and then going about our own business the rest of the week. But, hey, we know about godly things! Do we know how to act but are choosing not to do it?
How will the world know about God unless we live a different life? We are in this world but we should not be acting like this world. We need to show them there is a difference between a Christian and a non-Christian.