Judges 10 – 12:7
If you are familiar with the book of Judges there is a repeating theme: Israel does evil, God becomes angry, they are oppressed, they cry to God and God raises up a deliverer. Our lesson subject today follows this pattern but this time there is a new wrinkle.
In chapter 10:6 Israel drifts away from God to act like the world around them. In this case, at this point in time, it was worshipping the false gods of Baal and Ashtaroth to name a couple. If we can set aside the specific sin and see it generally as acting like everyone else around them I believe we would be better served. When we think of them bowing down to a stone or wood image we tend to think of it as not applicable to us whereas when we substitute the specific act with wanting to fit in then it applies to us today. We can all relate to the drawing power Satan has against us to fit in. The specifics of those temptations are different but the basic temptation is the same, wanting to act like, and fitting in with, the world. Read the rest of this entry »