Thoughts on Judges 10

We’re reading through Judges at Oak Tree Church, and I’m posting some observations from my daily readings here within a day or two after the reading. I’d love for you to join in the discussion.

Thoughts on Judges 10

I considered writing about Judges 10 and 11 in the same post. I read them together because it’s all a part of the same story. But my notes on chapter 11 got a little long, so I decided to keep them as two posts. So just one thought for chapter 10.

The LORD said to the Israelites, “Did I not deliver you from Egypt, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, the Sidonians, Amalek, and Midian when they oppressed you? You cried out for help to me, and I delivered you from their power. But since you abandoned me and worshiped other gods, I will not deliver you again. Go and cry for help to the gods you have chosen! Let them deliver you from trouble!” But the Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned. You do to us as you see fit, but deliver us today!” They threw away the foreign gods they owned and worshiped the LORD. Finally the LORD grew tired of seeing Israel suffer so much. Judges 10:11-16 NET

Sometimes people wonder why God doesn’t show up in their lives. It seems to me that he doesn’t like to be used. We forget that God has emotion, too, and that we can hurt him like a rebellious child hurts his father.

Is your relationship with God an abusive one, where you use him when you need him and then forget him to move on to someone or something else?

What did you see in these verses? What was important to you in Judges 10 that I did not see?

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