Moving right into the middle of 2 Kings, I read today of another account of Baal worshipers not having much luck (2 Kings 10:18-28). They apparently didn't get the memo.
When I was teaching Confirmation, we talked about how Israel was a lot like a teenager who kept doing the same thing over and over again even though they got punished. My girls commented that wasn't very bright, but of course admitted they do the same thing. We talked about how God uses (used) punishments to get His people back in line, like parents do to teenagers. I just pray some of it stuck, though I had like 17 of them at the time and there were too many!