Nevertheless the LORD

“And the 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 you shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; you shall throw down their altars: but you have not obeyed My voice: why have you done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be 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.  And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.  And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that He did for Israel.
And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, an hundred and ten years old.  And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.  And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel.  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.  And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and He delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.  Wherever 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; they did not so.  And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groaning by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.  And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, they returned, and corrupted more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.  And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, ‘Because that this people has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto My voice;  I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: that through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep or not.’  Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered He them into the hand of Joshua.”  Judges 2:1-23

REFERENCES: Deuteronomy 7:2; Psalm 106:34, 36; Exodus 5:2; 23:33; 34:15; Joshua 22:6; 23:13; Galatians 4:8; 1 Samuel 12:11; Genesis 6:6

For the born again individual of 2019 we must understand that sometimes the LORD God allows the enemy to afflict us because we harbor sin in our hearts, and in our thoughts.  The enemy is not only the devil but also our own flesh trying to work against the Spirit of God within us.

Lord by your Spirits empowering alone can we defeat the enemy.  Help us hear the teaching of the Spirit, and His confronting us too.  We are pretty good at seeing the comforts of the Spirit, but because of the flesh we ignore His correction leading to times such as Israel faced during the times of the Judges.  Thank You for Your Spirit who does not leave us neither forsakes us; but guides us into all truth.  Amen.

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