Why Did God Allow the Israelites to be Taken Captive?

Question from email: Why did Jehovah allow the Israelites to be taken into captivity?

The Bible tells us: “The king of Assyria carried the Israelites away to Assyria and put them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God but transgressed his covenant, even all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded. They neither listened nor obeyed.” (2 Kings 18:11, ESV)

The Israelites were disobedient to their Creator and broke the covenant which He established with them. Even today, if we are disobedient to God’s Will, we can find ourselves in an undesirable state, far away from the presence of God. Obedience and sanctification to God’s Will through the blood of Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit is essential to the Christian lifestyle.