Week 12  Day 3


In the book of Judges

you see this cycle repeated again and again--

        the people sinned

        which led to suffering

        they prayed for divine intervention

        God granted salvation

        they became lax and forgot about God

        the people sinned

It's the same plot throughout the book

        with different characters


It only takes one generation to forget

therefore teach the children well


We groan as we read this book

        yet their actions

        are easily understood

The invisible God seems

        not nearly as real as

        the physical world around us

Spiritual realities are in constant danger

        of being replaced by

        the physical world we see all around

This is our story too.




                             A SUMMARY OF JUDGES

            Cycles of sin, suffering, salvation and silence.

                                      Judges 1, 2 & 3


    1After the death of Joshua the children of Israel asked the

Lord, "Who shall be first to go up against the Canaanites to

fight against them?"  2The Lord said, "Judah.  I have delivered

the land into his hand."  3 So Judah said to Simeon his brother,

"Come with me; and I will likewise go with you."  4And the Lord
delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand.

    21But the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites

who inhabited Jerusalem.  22The house of Joseph also went
against Bethel, and the Lord was with them.  27Manasseh
not drive out the inhabitants, because the Canaanites were
determined to dwell in that land.  29-33Nor did Ephraim, Zebulun,

Asher or Naphtali drive out the inhabitants.  34The Amorites

forced the children of Dan into the mountains, for they would

not allow them to come down to the valley.

    7The people served the Lord all the days of the elders who

outlived Joshua.  10When all that generation died, another

generation arose who did not know the Lord.

    11Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord,

and served the Baals; 12they forsook the Lord God of their

fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt.  They followed other

gods from among the people around them, and provoked the
Lord to anger.  14So He delivered them into the hands of

plunderers who despoiled them; He sold them into the hands

of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand

before their enemies.  15And they were greatly distressed.

    16Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges for them, and

delivered them; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning

because of those who oppressed and harassed them. 19When

the judge was dead, they reverted and behaved more corruptly

than their fathers, by following other gods.  They did not cease

from their stubborn way.

    20Then the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; He

said, "Because this nation has not heeded My voice, 21 I will

no longer drive out any of the nations, 22so that I may test

Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the Lord, as their

fathers kept them, or not."  23Therefore the Lord left those

nations, without driving them out immediately.

    5Thus Israel dwelt among the Canaanites and Jebusites.

6They took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their

daughters to their sons; and they served their gods.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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