So I found myself in the most interesting train of thought recently while reading through the book of Judges. Interesting in this case is code for ridiculous. It is difficult to be on the people of Israel’s side for much of the book. “The Israelites served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the leaders who outlived him – those who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.” Joshua dies and another generation comes into play. This generation did not acknowledge the Lord or “remember the mighty things He had done for Israel.” How odd that it takes only one generation to for massive disobedience to set in. Many judges are then put into place and it is a painful cycle to watch. Over and over again, there is peace in the land followed by evil doings. Seeing the phrase “again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight” really makes you want to stand back and say, Seriously?
I’m totally on God’s wavelength when he asks them “Why did you do this?” Hello? To have very specific instructions time and time again from God almighty, and then totally disregard that… who would do that? Not me. Not us. Right? I mean we all have these grand excuses as to why we don’t follow God’s instructions to us to the tee in modern society. Clearly, no one is separating the Red Sea before our very eyes. There is no more Promised Land for us to enter; we can have any land in the world that we want for that matter. There are no burning bushes speaking to anyone. Angels aren’t descending from the heavens to have conversations with us about life. The Israelites had the accounts of all of the mighty things God did for their ancestors. How could they have lost faith or been disobedient so easily? If only we had something to reflect back on to know all the mighty things God has done and all of His promises that were fulfilled.
Now, picture reading the above thoughts aloud to a room of 7 year olds. Just how many hands would shoot up immediately and how many children would be anxiously waiting to point out one huge thing… Don’t we have the Bible to tell us all of these things? Too many little hands to count. I’m sure one or two of them would even throw in a DUH for you. Ah yes, of course we have the Bible. While most of the statements I just made were dripping with sarcasm, the ridiculous part of it all is a similar version of those thoughts may have actually passed through my mind while going back and forth between peace and evil in the land throughout the book of Judges.
And from within my very own glass house I sat and thought to myself, why aren’t we taking the Bible seriously as the legitimate account of all of God’s promises fulfilled to us and using it as the greatest instruction manual to our lives? Who knows. But one thing is for sure, we are of the same exact mindset as the Israelites were. “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.”