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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
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 did 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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