Our failure to
obey God can turn around and cause us pain.
God gave a
command utterly destroy all the nations in the land.
Israel did not
do this. See Judges 1:28-36
There were four
responses from God.
Many ask why
God would order the total annihilation of nations women and children and
Many see God
here as a cruel, vicious, murderer. (I had one compare Him to Hitler [wiping
out the Jews].
This is not a
proper view of God.
Think of a
surgeon removing the diseased tissue; amputating a leg; removing organs,
There is a
difference in a home invasion where a man comes in and attacks with a machete
and cuts off a mans arm vs. a doctor amputating an arm to save a life
God is not a
maniac, causing havoc. He is a doctor seeking to save a life.
Four responses to
our incomplete obedience:
Covenant Judges 2:1
God made a
covenant and will not break it no matter what.
Then the Angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said: I led
you up from Egypt and brought you to the land of which I swore to your
fathers; and I said, I will never break My covenant with you.
God does not
make promises lightly.
I wont do your
work Judges 2:3
You made your
bed, now lie in it.
There are some
lessons that we will only learn if we have to solve on our own.
that you can do anything you want, and God will get you out.
- Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out before you; but they shall
be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.
God is saying
I told you so. You did not listen. You deal with it.
will be a snare to you Judges 2:3
These will be
your enemies for the next 1,500 years
- and their gods shall be a snare to you.
Their gods will
cause you more pain than you can imagine
Look at the
list read about them all through the OT
I left them for
you to learn Judges 3:1
God did not
protect them from harm.
He did turn the
bad (failure to obey) into something useful (helping Israel learn)
- Now these are the nations which the LORD left, that He might test
Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in
8:28 All things work together for good
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