Tuesday, May 7
Enter the Judges
Today's reading: Judges 2:15-23
Not long after the death of Joshua and the generation of people he led, the Israelites turn away from God. Their behavior is horrible, and as a result, God allows other nations to come in and overtake and plunder them. Even so, God is moved by their awful circumstances ("they were in terrible distress," vs. 15) and provides judges to save them. But while you'd think the people would take this to heart and once and for all turn from their sinful ways and return to God, that's not what happens. What we read in Judges 2:19 is sad and telling.
"But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways."
What does this passage reveal about 1) our human hearts and nature, 2) God's love for us, and 3) the importance and influence of having godly leaders (in our churches, families and government)? Tami
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