|I Have a Plan|
There were two guys who wanted to run the nation and each had a plan. The one who was the incumbent was a tax and spender (Reho) and when he spent all the money he swore he would raise the taxes on everyone and true to his word he did just that. So heavy was the burden that the people cried for relief but it was not forth coming and he had plans to raise the taxes even more for his plan required much more money.
There was another guy that also had a plan who promised to lower taxes and to stop all the foolish spending for things the people didn't want (Jero).
Things went from bad to worse and some of the people voted for the guy who promised better government and tax relief. Still there were those who continued to follow the tax and spender and it caused a split in the nation.
Then it happened; War! The part of the nation which followed sound economical practices were strong and the enemy didn't attack them but attacked the foolish tax and spender who spent his money on foolishness.
There was a nation (
who hated this guy and attacked his defenses and overcame him then they the
took all of the riches Reho had left and made him their vassal. Egypt
The two sides were at each others throat continually and neither side prospered due to the strong disagreement between one with another. Finally GOD was fed up with both of them for they denied Him as their God and went after other gods declaring their nations to now welcome all other gods.
After this happened they were taken captive for they no longer served the true GOD.
They rejected the words; Exodus 20:3 "You must not worship any other gods except me.
Romans 1:28: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting. How foolish were those who disallowed GOD'S word to them!