Judges is a difficult book, don’t you think? It is darker, more sordid, and more depressing than almost anything else in Scripture. Why read it? It happened, and we can learn from it.
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD…. (Judges 6:1)
The same Israelites that stood and promised in unison ...
And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” (Joshua 24:24)
...were unrecognizably crass and violent within a generation or two.
The failure of their good intentions and promises ought to give us pause. If wanting to and promising to obey God and cooperate with his purposes isn’t enough to actually make it happen, what does it take?
What does it take?
Pastor Mark loves his wife and grown children, the Word of God, and words. And coffee,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)
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