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Sunday, April 27, 2003

Edifier du jour -Judges 2:1-5(NASB)
1: Now the angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, "I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never break My covenant with you, 2: and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done? 3: "Therefore I also said, 'I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.'" 4: When the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept. 5: So they named that place Bochim; and there they sacrificed to the LORD.
In the first chapter of Judges, a number of tribes of Israel hadn’t kicked out the previous inhabitants as they were instructed to do. As a result, they’re going to have to live with those people and their pagan ways. This may seem to be the vengeful side of God at first, but it’s more loving than that. A world with a minimum of temptations to sin is better than one with a greater amount, and the early Israelites didn’t do the dirty-work needed to set that up, If you don’t get rid of the things that God want you to get rid of, they’ll come back to haunt you. They might not be Edomites or Philistines, but bad TV shows, music, books, movies or other inputs into your life can be leading you away from God just as easy as a bunch of blood-eaters.

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