Read the Book of Judges, in one sitting. You learn a quick route to misery, but will we learn how to avoid it?
Judges 2:10 That entire generation passed away; a new generation grew up that had not personally experienced the LORD’s presence or seen what he had done for Israel. (New English Translation unless noted)
Judges 2:11-19 The Israelites did evil before the LORD… They followed other gods—the gods of the nations who lived around them.
The LORD was furious with Israel and handed them over… to their enemies who lived around them…They suffered greatly.
The LORD raised up leaders who delivered them from these robbers… When a leader died, the next generation would again act more wickedly than the previous one.
The 'Cycle' of grief in brief:
1. People ignored God's directives
2. Their life became miserable and oppressed
3. They cried out to God for help
4. He provided a leader who drew them back into obedience
5. Peace and prosperity returned
6. That leader died
7. Return to number 1
Judges 3:7-11 The Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight. They forgot the LORD their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs.
The LORD was furious with Israel and turned them over to King Cushan Rishathaim of Armon Haraim. They were Cushan Rishathaim’s subjects for eight years.
When the Israelites cried out for help to the LORD, he raised up a deliverer for the Israelites who rescued them. His name was Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. The LORD’s Spirit empowered him and he led Israel. When he went to do battle, the LORD handed over to him King Cushan Rishathaim of Armon and he overpowered him.
The land had rest for forty years; then Othniel son of Kenaz died.
Return to number 1
Will we ever learn? Will we see patterns of adversity or hardship as we depart from God’s directives to act as we think or what society tells us is right?
The book of Judges summarizes itself in the last verse as, "everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
We do well to resolve to obey God. He wants peace, prosperity, and joy for us. He has instructed us in the ways and means of making that a reality.
We just need to do it.
©2023, Dr Steven Bydeley, a man.
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Steven is the author of Fathered by God and with his wife Dianne, co-author of Dream Dreams and Dreams the Heal and Counsel. He has been a guest on the Miracle Channel, Trinity Television, and Crossroads Communication, and have taught internationally on various topics.
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