Archive for October, 2014


How Could You Forget?

IMG_0478In Judges 2:10 I find a very unsettling passage. You have to read between the lines a little bit, but let me see if I can help with what I am seeing.

This is after Joshua has passed away but God is continuing his covenant with the people of Israel. In verse 8 we find that Joshua has died. But verse 10 is where the interesting thing happens. Listen to verse 10; “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord not what he had done for Israel.” This new generation did know about God! How does this happen? How quickly it happened too!

You see if this generation did not know about God, that would mean that they were not told about him. They did not have the Bible to read on their own, they needed to be told and taught about the covenant God made with them. But they weren’t! No one sat down with them and told them the stories of Abraham, Moses, the crossing of the Red Sea. Now before we say that it wasn’t their fault, that they didn’t listen to the Lord, God did send Judges to them and they ignored them. But I am more concerned about this missing generation. This generation of people who did not feel that it was important to share the stories of God which show his covenant and love for them.

When I look at our lives here today, I see so many people who not only do not believe in God, but also have never heard about Him, I wonder how close we are to this missing generation I mentioned before. How close are we to waking up one day realizing that we did not do our part in spreading the Gospel message, or simply taking our kids to church so they may be taught about this love of God.

Don’t be part of the missing generation, talk to your kids and grandkids about God, bring them to church and Sunday School, talk to others at work, sporting events or other social gatherings because their eternal lives depend on it.

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Desert

The Angel of the Lord said, “I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break their altars. Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? Now therefore, I tell you that I will not drive them out before you; they will be thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.” Judges 2:1b-3

In the book of Judges we find the desire of God to reconcile the Israelites back to him, as it is through all of the Old Testament. But we do find words here that can speak to us today, if we just listen close enough. The angel is speaking to the Israelites after they have gone to war with the people living in the land the Lord has promised them. However, they did not follow what was asked of them as they were supposed to drive the people out, completely. They did not and that is why the angel is expressing these words.

Jesus enters our lives and our hearts, which should drive all of our old thoughts out of our lives. This act should clear our hearts and desires of anything other than Jesus, but does it really? Too many times we find it easy to only allow Jesus in while not releasing all of the “old self” for cleansing. When we do this, we are like the Israelites from this passage. We find our past desires as thorns, scraping, poking, dragging us down, keeping us from our relationship with Jesus. Also, the gods we serve, money, prestige, status, or material possessions, snare us in their vice-like grasp, not wanting to let us go.

We need to fully trust God with the lives that he gave us, allowing him to guide our paths. We need to truly give up those thorns and other “gods” so that we can become devoted to the true God of all. When we are able to do this, we become reconciled to God’s love, grace, and mercy.