What is this an example of?
The fundamental question throughout the whole Bible is, ―Who supplies my needs?‖ Under pressure, it is hard to trust God.
Satan always says, ―You can’t trust God. He doesn’t care about you. You are just a pawn on his chessboard. If you give him your life, he will make you miserable.
―The Assyrians are coming! I have to look out for myself. The gods aren’t reliable and lie half the time, just like we do. We can’t trust the gods, so we need to trust ourselves. My rights are number one. It’s too bad if I hurt other people. Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.‖
-Such self-reliance led to the following sins: 1 Oppression 2 Fraud (injustice) 3 Luxury (greed and self-indulgence) 4 Failure of leadership The true prophets said,
―The false prophets tell you only what you want to hear and only say nice things about you.‖ People wanted effective ritual, not to learn and obey Torah (God’s law)Social conditions in Israel and Judah
Religious conditions in Israel and Judah Attributable to Assyrian Pressures