Judges Chapter 2
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1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.
17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so.
18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.
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Matthew Henry's Judges Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The angel of the Lord rebukes the people. (1-5) The wickedness of the new generation after Joshua. (6-23)1-5 It was the great Angel of the covenant, the Word, the Son of God, who spake with Divine authority as Jehovah, and now called them to account for their disobedience. God sets forth what he had done for Israel, and what he had promised. Those who throw off communion with God, and have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, know not what they do now, and will have nothing to say for themselves in the day of account shortly. They must expect to suffer for this their folly. Those deceive themselves who expect advantages from friendship with God's enemies. God often makes men's sin their punishment; and thorns and snares are in the way of the froward, who will walk contrary to God. The people wept, crying out against their own folly and ingratitude. They trembled at the word, and not without cause. It is a wonder sinners can ever read the Bible with dry eyes. Had they kept close to God and their duty, no voice but that of singing had been heard in their congregation; but by their sin and folly they made other work for themselves, and nothing is to be heard but the voice of weeping. The worship of God, in its own nature, is joy, praise, and thanksgiving; our sins alone render weeping needful. It is pleasing to see men weep for their sins; but our tears, prayers, and even amendment, cannot atone for sin.
6-23 We have a general idea of the course of things in Israel, during the time of the Judges. The nation made themselves as mean and miserable by forsaking God, as they would have been great and happy if they had continued faithful to him. Their punishment answered to the evil they had done. They served the gods of the nations round about them, even the meanest, and God made them serve the princes of the nations round about them, even the meanest. Those who have found God true to his promises, may be sure that he will be as true to his threatenings. He might in justice have abandoned them, but he could not for pity do it. The Lord was with the judges when he raised them up, and so they became saviours. In the days of the greatest distress of the church, there shall be some whom God will find or make fit to help it. The Israelites were not thoroughly reformed; so mad were they upon their idols, and so obstinately bent to backslide. Thus those who have forsaken the good ways of God, which they have once known and professed, commonly grow most daring and desperate in sin, and have their hearts hardened. Their punishment was, that the Canaanites were spared, and so they were beaten with their own rod. Men cherish and indulge their corrupt appetites and passions; therefore God justly leaves them to themselves, under the power of their sins, which will be their ruin. God has told us how deceitful and desperately wicked our hearts are, but we are not willing to believe it, until by making bold with temptation we find it true by sad experience. We need to examine how matters stand with ourselves, and to pray without ceasing, that we may be rooted and grounded in love, and that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith. Let us declare war against every sin, and follow after holiness all our days.
Jennifer's Judges Chapter 2 comment on 11/15/2012, 8:47am...
It gives assurance that even though we disobey and go far away from God. He still loves us and provides a way for us to come back to him just like he provided the Judges in Israel. So even though they were under their enemies. He created a system to fairly judge them to give them a second chance. And He is still doing that today for me and all of us.
Lorenda's Judges Chapter 2 comment on 10/25/2012, 9:34am...
What I got out of it is the lord is speaking to those he has called to fight for him right now and that he would then begin his fight for our own families to reunite.
John M's Judges Chapter 2 comment on 3/11/2012, 9:02pm...
Interestingly I noticed v-10 that the next generation did not know the Lord or His ways as their fathers did and they wound up doing evil. It is so important to teach our children @ home and day time in school about the Bible and about God!
Sara Addy's Judges Chapter 2 comment on 3/01/2012, 2:47pm...
Yes the Isralites sin condition is a great warning and reminder to us as God's people about our own state and where we are with God.
It keeps me in check and I need it that is why reading the word of God is so vital for us.
Staying in His word is vital too so we don't slip so far from Him we can't get back so easily and so much time is wasted.
The Isralites wasted so many years because they turned away from God years they would never recover and that is scary.
Praise God for His infinte mercies on us for without those I cannot imagine where I would now be.
He is always there reminding me to keep close in His word.
He magnifies His word above His name.
Pernella pollard's Judges Chapter 2 comment on 10/01/2011, 11:24pm...
Just a word for Julius. I am a born again, i was delivered from the demons that were living in me. no one lay hands on me. but the angels fought those demons and set me free. then i was tempted but i did not fall into temptation.I made a serious confession to the Lord and a committment
to the Lord and new my heart and he delivered me. . God do not live in sin.I pray that u will get your deliverance. Love Nell
Jenelle's Judges Chapter 2 comment on 8/04/2011, 12:06am...
Makes me think of our country and how far.we have removed ourselves from seeking His will for our lives. I wonder how long before we repent and call out to God and if it is too late?
Julius's Judges Chapter 2 comment on 11/03/2010, 1:52am...
I think it kind of parallels events in my life at this time. God has brought me from a long way and yet sometimes I slip (not far, but slipping is slipping) but I go right back to the Lord our God quickly because I want him to know I love him and I am trying to fight these personal demons aned I don't want his wrath upon me as it was upon the Isrealites in that era.
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