After the death of Elisha, we see the downward spiral of the nation of Israel, leading ultimately to their Assyrian captivity. Their idolatry began at the beginning of the northern tribes of Israel led by Jeroboam and they continued in that sin of false worship until the fall of those tribes into captivity. They placed their trust in false, graven images that had no life, instead of having faith in the true and living God and we see that end result was vain and empty.