In today’s reading the passage that stood out to me was Judges 2:18-19 which says. “18 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge over Israel, he was with that judge and rescued the people from their enemies throughout the judge’s lifetime. For the Lord took pity on his people, who were burdened by oppression and suffering. 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. They went after other gods, serving and worshiping them. And they refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.”
This is not only a pretty good summary of the general pattern we read throughout the Old Testament, but also the greater story of God and us.
We follow and obey, and great blessings follow. Then, we fall into disobedience and sin, and hardships follow. Then God reaches out to us through his mercy and grace (again and again and again and again) and we do better for a while. Then we screw up again. Rinse; wash; repeat.
Why can’t we just learn? The darn sin thing…
Today’s reading: Judges 1:1-3:30
Tomorrow’s reading: Judges 3:31-6:40