MISTAKES OF THE ISRAELITES. 413
WHAT MISTAKES OF THE ISRAELITES LED TO
THEIR CAPTIVITY INTO BABYLON?
The question, plainly stated, is: What error of judg-
ment and blunder in action, finally resulted in the expatriation
and exile of the Hebrew nation to the land of Babylonia?
It was a succession of mistakes, rather than one, that
led to this awful punishment, yet there was a prime factor
producing them all. The sacred writers everywhere ascribe
disobedience and sin against God, their law-giver and king,
as the first act in the awful drama.
But because there were several other causes helping, and
to clearly elucidate this subject, we shall consider it under the
First. Ecclesiastical, or religious mistakes.
Second. Political, or civil mistakes.
Let us notice the ecclesiastical mistakes:
The call and election of Abraham was the third attempt
by the great God to establish upon the earth "a peculiar people,
zealous of every good work."
In the attempt with Adam, we see a representative of
all mankind on the one hand, and God acting in the capacity
of law-giver on the other.
This one-man power on the part of Adam was a failure,
culminating in a disastrous flood many years afterwards.
The second attempt was with Noah and his sons. Here