• II Kings 17:41 17:41 says, “These nations feared the Lord, and served their graven images.” It was a curious mixture. These people had come from Babylon, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and were settled in the land from which Israel was deported. In their desire to propitiate the God of the country, they added His worship to that of their own gods (II Kings 17:32), though they did not really fear Him (II Kings 17:34). There was an outward recognition of the God of Israel, which was worse than useless. Are you sure this is not a true description of your own position? You pay an outward deference to God by attending His house, and acknowledging His day, whilst you are really prostrating yourself before other shrines. The one originates in a superstitious fear, a desire to stand well with your fellows; but it is in the direction of the other that your heart really goes. You come as His people come, sit as His people sit, kneel as His people kneel, but your heart is far apart, and you only do as you do that you may follow your own evil ways with less fear of discovery. ~F.B. Meyer
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