The Israelites had no antibodies to the Canaanite religions. Their clouded minds were no different than the other people of Canaan. Their spirits remained dormant and dead. Iniquitous debauchery ensued. Lawlessness became the order of the day. Immorality and perversion flourished. The spiritual truths they had learned from God proved ineffectual, and unable to prevent a massive slide into heathenism. They followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
But all these actions were foreseen by God. He could have prevented them, but instead, took positive steps to bring them about. When he placed the Israelites in Canaan, he sacrificed them to idolatry. He took his closest friends, his treasure and his hope, and allowed them to betray him. All the events of history were foreknown and have been orchestrated by God. Nothing has happened by accident. He has arranged the circumstances and assigned human limitations in accordance with his greater plan.
In his infinite wisdom, God had determined to intensify the captivity of Israel. Canaan though sweet in the mouth, was to become bitter in the belly. According to God’s plan, the plight of Israel was to be made worse, not better.
And long before Israel’s plunge into idolatry, God had already prepared a devastating response this too was part of his plan. In 611 BC, God sent the Assyrians to conquer the northern Kingdom of Israel. Israel was decimated and the bedraggled survivors were hauled off as trophies.
In similar fashion, God sent the Babylonians against the southern Kingdom of Judah. In 496 BC, Jerusalem was finally beaten down and the last of the people were carried away into Babylonian servitude. The king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land.
The people of Israel and Judah were deported by their captors. They were removed far away into foreign lands. There they became tribal and assimilated into the local cultures. Over time their identity was lost. Unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
Through the dire processings of God, the Israelites had already acquired the corrupt carnality of Adam. In Egypt they had learned to thrive in slavery. In Canaan they were enjoined to a religion of sensual heathenism. Finally, in Assyria and Babylon, they entered the hollow serfdom of contented amnesia. These captivities are cumulative. And from these captivities, Israel has never returned.
These destructions imposed upon Israel are the sacrifice of God. Just as Abraham sacrificed his only son, so also God sacrificed his beloved Israel to carnality, servitude, paganism, betrayal, and forgetfulness.
The purpose for this sacrifice of Israel is explained by Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. Before Isaac was ever born, God made a magnificent covenant with Abraham. Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.
Many years later, after the birth of Isaac, God told Abraham to take Isaac to Mount Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice. Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering.
As it turned out, Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son, secured for both himself and his son an infinite blessing. For after the sacrifice of Isaac, God’s earlier covenant with Abraham was made unconditional. And by being the object of the sacrifice, Isaac received a destiny of unchangeable magnificence. By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed [Isaac] as the stars of the heaven.
When Abraham sacrificed his son, the covenant to Isaac was made sure. So also, when God sacrificed Israel and Judah in 496 BC, his covenant to them was made unconditional and irrevocable.
In a national sense, Israel is God’s “firstborn son,” and the delight of his life. For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and … kept him as the apple of his eye. When God accepted upon himself the pain of destroying Israel, he “sacrificed” his Isaac. I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.
By this terrible anguish, shared between Father and Son, Israel’s spiritual destiny was made an unchangeable certainty. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD.
There is no greater strength, nor any more magnificent spirituality, than the willing surrender of that which you love most. And this law of the Begotten Realm applies even to God himself. This is the covenant of sacrifice, the New Covenant of God’s great plan.
Every treasure in the spirit realm is apprehended by sacrifice it is the gateway to the substance of God. As with the sacrifice of Isaac and Jesus, the sacrifice of Israel purchased for them an unconditional, celestial glory. Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps. And what of you United States of America? Shall you too be sacrificed for the greater glory of God?