18 Years?

today's reading.
Judges 10   After Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, and he lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim...

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After Abimelech exits the scene, Tola and Jair judge Israel back-to-back for a total of 45 years. But, as soon as Jair dies, and Israel is without a judge, the people immediately turn away from God. "The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD" (Judges 10:6). So God "sells" the Israelites into the hands of the Philistines and Ammonites and the people are severely oppressed.

Now what I read next, totally grabbed me. Get this, the Israelites were oppressed for 18 years, before they cried out to God--18 years! What is up with that?!? And it's not until God refuses to come to their immediate rescue and reminds them of their rebellious hearts that they "put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD" (vs. 16). This passage was an eye opener and highlighted for me just how important it is that I keep a short account with the Lord.

So how did this passage impact you? What did the Israelites show you about our rebellious hearts and our propensity to go after foreign gods? Tami W.

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