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Click here for today’s reading: Judges 9, Judges 10, Psalms 49, 1 Corinthians 16
Here is my SOAP for today, Saturday, March 31, 2018
Judges 9 Abimelek son of Jerub-Baal (Gideon) becomes king over Schechem (See Judges 8:31 “His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelek.”) by murdering his seventy brothers.
56 “Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers. 57 God also made the people of Shechem pay for all their wickedness. The curse of Jotham son of Jerub-Baal came on them.”
Judges 10:6 “Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the Lord and no longer served him, 7 he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, 8 who that year shattered and crushed them.”
10:9-14 “Israel was in great distress. 10 Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, “We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals.” 11 The Lord replied, “When the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, 12 the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands? 13 But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!”
Psalm 49, this is more of a psalm of wisdom, not of worship.
1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.”
Israel is in such turmoil… The book of Judges covers about 350 years of history… a chapter or two, or even just a few paragraphs can summarize years or even decades of under one judge. Three years or twenty three years…
Following after other gods got them into a lot of trouble… Even Gideon got ensnared… Judges 8:27 “Gideon made the gold [from the earrings he was given by the leaders of Israel] into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. [Sound familiar? Aaron and the golden calf.] All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.”
Note to self, don’t do that… Beware, success can bring unintended consequences. God wins a war FOR YOU, then you create an idol and worship it. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Lord, help me to always and only worship You…