March 4

10After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.  11Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.  (Judges 2:10, 11)

Happy Thursday y’all.  As I mentioned yesterday, today, we would look at how fast the Israelites turned from God.  The verses above show that it took ONE generation, ONE!, generation, for the Israelites to forget all God had done for them to bring them into the promised land.  Think about that.  For the first five books of the Old Testament we read about the promise of God choosing the lineage of Adam to set His people apart from the rest of the world.  God performed miracles that the world had never seen, and would never see again, to liberate the Israelites from Egypt.  Even then the Israelites turned from God and worshipped a Golden Heifer.  Then God continued to perform miracles in the wilderness to demonstrate His love for the Israelites.  But because of how quickly they turned from Him, God promised that generation in the wilderness they would not be the generation to invade the promise land and reap the blessing of that miraculous place.  Joshua would finally be the one to lead the Israelites into that hallowed ground, and now, once again, just ONE generation after the Israelites had lived in the land flowing with milk and honey, this new generation has turned from God and begins worshipping other gods and idols.

And, thus, sets the theme for Judges and most of the Old Testament.  As you will read throughout this year, the Israelites turn from God over and over again, it seems like almost morning by morning.  And over and over again, God chooses some amazing men and women to lead these people back to Him.  Then we see in the New Testament when God has had enough of favoring the Israelites and sends His Son, the Angel of the Lord, Jesus Christ, to be the final prophet, Messiah, and Savior, of not just the Israelites but of all mankind.

Please don’t be like the Israelites and forget the faithfulness of our God.  He has always been, and will always be faithful to those who love Him.  He is even faithful when we do not love Him, which is the greatest truth of the stories within Judges.  His love is great morning by morning, as Pat Barrett sings in the song below.

Reading plan:  Luke 3

Deeper reading plan:  Judges 10-12

Prayer focus:  pray that you never forget the life changing experiences you will receive this year as you dedicate your life to reading the entire Bible and devoting your life to Christ.

If you have time today or this weekend, click the image below to hear the latest sermon from Pastor Steven Furtick.  He’s been on fire all year and this is my FAVORITE sermon so far, and it ties in nicely to the message above.

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