Judges 10

Judges 10 has life after Abimelech.  Remember that he killed all his brothers and took the throne, but now has died.  He is followed by Tola for 23 years, and then Jair for 22 years.  But after Jair died “The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord….they forsook the Lord and did not serve him”.  Here we go again.  They have had some good years but when things are going well they let their guard down and fall prey to the enemy and begin to serve other gods and idols again.  Bad decision with a bad result.

They forsook the Lord and did not serve him. So the anger of the Lord was kindled….he sold them into the hand of the Philistines….For eighteen years they were oppressed”.  Then it finally dawned on them that they really weren’t having a great life at all.  Seems a little strange it took them that long to figure out that their life now was nothing like it was when they were following God an in the middle of His blessing.  It is amazing how the enemy can disguise the bad so we forget what God’s blessing looks like.

The people cry out and confess their sin.  But God is tired of this pattern.  They cry out, He saves them, life is good, they forget Him and fall back into sin only to cry out again. This time is going to be different though.  God says “Did I not save you….out of their hand….Yet you have forsaken me and served other gods; therefore I will save you no more”.  That’s it folks.  No more saving when you come crying for my help.  It doesn’t last.  You can’t seem to stay focused.  So now you will be living with your decisions.

But the people do the only thing they know how – they cry out and confess their sin.  Then they begin living the way they know they should all the time in hopes that God will deliver them and set them free.  “So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord”.  It would have made more sense to just serve God all the time and get off this roller coaster of up and down because of their sin.  But sin always looks so tempting and we somehow just can’t seem to keep our focus where it belongs – on walking with Him.  Don’t fall into the same trap as the Israelites did!

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