Today’s passage is 2 Kings 17:24-33. Let’s go!
2 Kings 17:25 (NIV)
25 When they first lived there, they did not worship the LORD; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people.
On verses 24-26: Shalmaneser king of Assyria has deported the Israelites from Samaria (Israel’s capital city) and replaces them with people from foreign lands. These foreigners do not worship the Lord in Samaria and are attacked, and in some cases killed, by lions. This is the third case in 1 Kings and 2 Kings where someone is killed by a lion.
What can we learn in this case? When we do not worship the Lord but instead focus on other things, we become vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy, who is described as a lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
2 Kings 17:33 (NIV)
33 They worshiped the LORD, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.