Under the reign of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, the nation of Israel was divided into two nations (1 Kings 12). Known as the southern kingdom of Judah, made up of only two tribes, and the northern kingdom of Israel. The southern kingdom had a few kings which the LORD spoke kindly of, and said, that they “…Did right in the eyes of the LORD”. The northern kingdom had none.
Because of ungodly leadership the nation to the north fell into gross sin, and was taken captive before the south was, but God had not forgotten them. He is merciful. Hear the word of God through His prophet Jeremiah…
Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:
‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the LORD your God, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the LORD. Jeremiah 3:12-13 (NKJV)
The kingdom of Judah was in bad shape too. They were, and had forsaken God the LORD of hosts (Jeremiah 2:13), and were worshiping idols; the demon gods of surrounding nations (1 Corinthians 10:20-21). That is also what had caused the demise of the north kingdom.
O the grace and mercy of God is great, wonderful, and marvelous and it was clearly displayed on the cross where and when Jesus died for our sins. He took the wrath which is due you and me, the northern and the southern kingdoms as well; and they were nailed with Him on the cross. He took them away at His burial and left them there. He bodily arose, and came out of that grave, and He eternally lives, making intercession to the Father for us.
Call on His name. Fall into His grace, rather than living and dying in His wrath. “Grace, grace, Marvelous grace.” Don’t you love the God of grace? Won’t you love the God of grace?