“We have met the enemy”
Three themes in Judges are repeated over and over:
- God never breaks His promises
- God’s people continually break theirs
- And that there are always consequences for God’s people breaking their promises
Sociologists write on the “secondhand experience” and its effects on society; as the 2nd generation and succeeding generations have a natural tendency to lose the vision of the first generation as they accept the status quo, ensuring a secondhand experience. The decline with each passing generation will lead from:
- Spiritual fervor of the founders
- To the formalism of the next generation
- And the apathy of succeeding generations
The 2nd chapter of Judges describes just such a condition that occurred after the death of Joshua when “another generation arose that did not know the Lord nor the work He had done for Israel”. The next generation squandered the spiritual inheritance won by the first generation. This reminds me of the long ago comic strip of “Pogo” where he said “We have met the enemy—and he is us.”
The first two verse of Judges chapter 2 are out of chronological sequence as the events that are recorded happened before Joshua died. The author does this to emphasis the fact that the nations rebellion was not based upon ignorance, it was based upon will full disobedience. Spiritual defeat is always completely unnecessary and when it does happen it need not continue! Our God is a “promise keeping God” and we can rest that He will keep 100% of all the promises. Folks, God does not lead us out of the world that He isn’t also bringing us too our inheritance. Far too many of us have settled for just being set free from the things of this world but God wants to bring us into the fullness of blessings that are all His promises for us. The reason we aren’t enjoying all that God has for us is that we simply have settled for less!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!