Today’s Scripture reading is Judges 1 – 13, we read of Joshua’s death, and how the people anger the LORD through their worship of foreign gods; which actually begins by departing from GOD. Disobedience is the first step of departure from GOD;
“And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.” Judges 1:19
The chariots would have appeared to them to be like a military tank to a man on foot in today’s army. Yet, I must ask, What of God and faith in Him? Is that not how the walls of Jericho came tumbling down? Is that not how the waters of the Red Sea parted? What about the water from the Rock? The Manna from heaven? Then we read,
“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.” 2:1-3
And we read again and again of the Israelites failing to drive out the enemy, and worshiping false gods, practicing the deeds of the culture around them…
“When Gideon died, the Israelites turned and prostituted themselves by worshiping the Baals and made Baal-berith their god…” Judges 8:33 (CSB)
So now, because of their absence of trust in the LORD, their departure from Him to other gods; GOD leaves the enemy in their midst to act as “thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.” We as Christians can sit back and judge them and ask these questions concerning their faith; but what about our own. When it comes to holiness are there things in our hearts and lives that separate us from the blessing of God?
For the Christian of 2020 we too are to cast out the enemy which would have us as one or part of them. We can and will only do that as we hear, believe, and put the word of God to work, by the power of the Holy Spirit within. He is working to make us holy.
Our holiness is, of course, through the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is His holiness, His righteousness, in which we must rest; however, we too have a responsibility to obedience in “… faith which worketh by love.” (Galations 5:6).
Grow in faith and love toward Jesus Christ.