Today’s Reading: Judges 1 – 3
“And an Angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break My covenant with you. And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed My voice. Why have ye done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. And it came to pass, when the Angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD.” Judges 2:1-5 (KJV)
“Bochim” means weeping, thus the title. When you read these verses you see the reason for their weeping.
The “Angel of the LORD” is most likely a theophany. A pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ. That is why He would be speaking authoritatively the word of God. The Israelites had violated the word of God in disobedience (Exodus 23:32), and now they were beginning to suffer the consequences for it.
The above verse says “I will never break My covenant with you”, thus the disobedience of the people is their own judgment. The failure to drive out the enemy would be a snare to them. It is so with the follower of Jesus Christ today as well. This is cause for weeping.
The prophet Jeremiah tell us of this too (Jeremiah 2:19). Paul the apostle tells us,
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galations 6:7
When the unredeemed are living their own lives, their own way they reap the harvest of what they have sown. When the redeemed turn from walking with God, disobey His word, we too will reap the harvest of what we have sown. Disobedience reaps thorns, sorrows, and snares.
It is a time for weeping. Weeping over our disobedience; our sin.
Reading for March 19: Judges 4 – 6