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“The Lord is faithful to us even when we’re not faithful to Him.” <>< Dona (04/03/20)
Please read Judges 3 through 4. If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.
In Judges 3-4 the Israelites returned to doing evil over and over. They called on the Lord for help over and over. And the Lord helped them over and over. It would have been easier for the Israelites if they had driven out the people the Lord told them to drive out. Their faith and obedience to God would have been strengthened.
Oh! Wow! Lord You were faithful even when Israel wasn’t.
Something to think about
In Judges 3:9 when the Israelites cried out to Him the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel. They had peace for 40 years, until Othniel died (see Judges 3:11) and the Israelites once again returned to doing evil (Judges 3:12).
Then the Israelites were attacked and once again they cried out to the Lord. And again the Lord gave them a deliverer, Ehud (3:15).
Then after Ehud died (you might have guessed it) the Israelites returned to doing evil (4:1). Then the Israelites were cruelly oppressed by Jabin, a king of Canaan (4:2). Once again they cried out to the Lord (4:3). Deborah, a prophetess, helped them out (4:4).
Something to experience
The Israelites didn’t drive out the people God told them to drive out. Instead the Israelites were drawn to act like them. Sometimes we need to drive out (move out) of our lives those situations and those people who are hindering our relationship with God and encouraging us to do what’s sinful.