Text: Judges 1-3; Psalm 69:1-18
As we begin our journey through Judges, we read of how the generation that entered the land under Joshua’s leadership understood the power and presence and promises of God. Accordingly, they served the Lord. Then, after that generation died off ,
“there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10).
What comes next is no surprise;
“And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord…” (2:11).
As our study of Judges continues, we will see a repetitive theme develop. The Israelites fall away from the Lord. He stirs enemies against Israel, and things go poorly for them. They awaken to their need and call out to the Lord so He raises up a leader, called a “judge”, who leads them and vanquishes the immediate foe. Then the Israelites fall away from the Lord… and the whole cycle repeats.
The pattern of Judges gives me pause as I think about the generation coming behind us in today’s American Church. There is the question of what Joshua’s generation ought to have done differently that their children would have been faithful. Indeed I fear for the church in our land. But, the pattern of Judges also reminds us that the Lord is steadfast and faithful. He loves His people, and He intervenes and gets their attention that they might return to Him. So – we must do all we can to pass the knowledge of our Lord on to our children while we trust Him to make Himself known to them as He did for us.
in Him, Mike