All that the LORD commands us, we will do.” That’s the solemn promise of God’s own people, first to Moses and then to Joshua. But, as we’ll soon see, they couldn’t even keep the first commandment. (By the way, do you remember what the First Commandment is?) I find the book of Judges to be one of the most depressing books of the Bible, with some of the most appalling stories. Samson’s pathetic decline isn’t the half of it.
But perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge the third and fourth generations of God’s own people. We often assume they deserted their God for the pagan deities of Canaan, but that’s probably not the case. More likely, they kept the Tabernacle and the sacrificial rites and the feast days and so on, but added a few other practices too. Just to keep from offending the local gods. They may not have seen this as blatant disobedience; it just made sense at the time.
But the results were tragic. To find out why, click the link below for a printable download with this week’s reading passages, questions, and activities:
(This is a continuation of a series of posts about the “whole story” of the Bible. I plan to run one every week, on Tuesdays, with a printable PDF. The printable includes a brief 2-3 paragraph introduction, Bible passages to read, a key verse, 5-7 thought/discussion questions, and 2-3 activities for the kids. Here’s the Overview of the entire Bible series.)
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