By: Shermaine Lou
In the book of Judges, the people were sinning and did evil in the sight of the Lord. Yet this evil was not murder or hatred or jealousy or anything of that sort. It was idolatry
Judges 10: 6-7 Then the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the people of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook the Lord and did not serve Him.
So the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and into the hands of the people of Ammon.
The evil that upset the Lord the most was adultery against God Himself. But God did not forsake His people. Each time, He would send a judge who would fight the enemy and free His people from oppression. Nevertheless, they returned to doing this same evil all over again. The cycle goes on…
But, before we judge the Israelites of that time, how different are we from them? Consider this, God has already sent a Judge who has delivered us from slavery and sin, freed us from oppression and given us salvation (land). Yet, are we like the Israelites, forgetting the God who gives and provides and forgives and restores; turning instead to other ‘gods’ around us? Jesus Christ who was sent to die for us has already accomplished for us and more what the judges did to save the Israelites. He is our ultimate Judge.
Do we have other gods before God Himself? Are we doing evil in His sight? And are we like the Israelites then?
The first commandment aptly shows just how our posture toward God should be like. We are told to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind. That leaves room for nothing else.
May we all remain faithful even as fallen creatures in a fallen world. Because God knows that we are weak, and sinful. Hence He is gracious and merciful, listening to our cries, and saving us continuously even as He saved Israel continuously. God hears the cries of His people and knows that we are bound to fall. However, that is no excuse to have other gods before the Lord our God because only He is the one true living God, and our allegiance should be in Him. We should press on, though we may fall, but then we get up and press on again (: