They Would Not Hearken

Whithersoever they went  out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.  Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the Lord; but they did not so.

Judges 2:15-17

This is a sad passage.  The children of Israel had entered the Promised Land and had rejected the Lord who brought them there.  And, as the Lord had promised, he punished them.  Verse 15 tells us that wherever they went, the “hand of the Lord was against them for evil”.  That is a frightful thought.  I do not want the hand of the Lord following me everywhere I go to be against me for evil.  But that is the position that the Israelites found themselves in because of their sin against God.  They didn’t have to be in that position and we don’t have to be in that position either.  But when we refuse Him and rebel against Him, that is where we find ourselves.

In vers 16, the Bible says something encouraging: “Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them”.  Nevertheless is a good word.  Even though His people had rejected Him to serve other gods, He still loved them and still made a way for them to be delivered.  Even when we reject Him, He still loves us and He has made a way for us to get right with Him and He is ready and willing to deliver us. 

The saddest part of this passage to me is found in verse 17 when the Bible says that, even though He made a way for them to be delivered after they rejected Him, “yet they would not hearken unto their judges”.  They still refused to listen.  After God’s great gift to them of the Promised Land and after all of His blessings, they still rejected Him.  So He punished them and brought judgment on them, and still they rejected Him.  So He made a way for them to be delivered from their punishments, and still they would not listen.  Does that describe us today?  Let us walk with Him and if we get out of the way and feel His hand of chastisement, let us come back to Him.  We don’t have to relive this sad story, but unfortunately, many people will.  Let us not be among them.

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