Day 124, May 4, 2021
Scriptures: Judges 1-2, Psalm 50
Judges Bible Project Book Overview
Judges 2:10–12 “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger.”
Today’s text strikes us right in the heart. As we progress through the Bible, we are met with the amazing story of God’s redemption and promises. God has been faithful to the Israelites. Over and over again, he proves his faithfulness to the Promise given to Abraham.
“Another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”
They rejected God, and God gives them what they want.
Israel’s purpose was to be devoted to the Law and ways of God.
After failing to drive out completely those residing in the land, the remnants of Canaan influence and lead the next generation of Israelites to forget God and his faithfulness.
It is a tragedy. They have rejected God, forsaking him, and now they face the consequences.
This passage can strike fear in us. Have we turned our back from God? What are we teaching the next generation about the faithfulness of Jesus?
We aren’t tasked with driving out from the land those who reside here. Rather, we are called to give witness and testimony of the faithfulness of Jesus. We are called to be a loving witness in the world.
I am challenged by this text, to love my children well, and lead them to have a deep and meaningful relationship with God. Where they know the story of God’s faithfulness, the loving gift of life in Jesus Christ.
Share today the story of God’s love.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.