Israel was God’s chosen people. They were to give His Light to the rest of the world. God was their King and they were to serve Him only, but time and time again they turned their backs on God so they could serve other gods. When they turned their backs on God to do their own “thing,” God withheld their blessings.
Judges 3: 7, 8 & 9 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and Asherahs. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that He sold them into the hands Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years. 9 But when they cried out to the Lord, He raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them.
This shows that God will never condone certain behaviour. We also must realize that there is a penalty to pay when we come out from under God’s protection. We cannot expect His full blessing when we are not honouring Him.
The New Testament God is the same God of the Old Testament. For example the rules set out for us to live by in the Old Testament (10 commandments) still applies today. We show our love for God by obeying His commands.
When Jesus returns to this earth, He is coming for the ones who remained faithful to Him by following His commandments. The others who did their own thing in showing God they wanted no part of Him, will suffer everlasting death.
Matthew 24: 46 ” Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”