Israel Failed To Obey God




Judges 1:19-34

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Israel had their instructions.

But they failed to fully carry out the Lord’s command.

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The record of their failure was chronicled in Judges 1:19-34:

Judah failed (1:19-20); Benjamin failed (1:21); Joseph failed (1:22-26); Manasseh failed (1:27-28); Ephraim failed (1:29); Zebulon failed (1:30); Asher failed (1:31-32); Naphtali failed (1:33); and Dan failed (1:34).


The tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh even refused to enter Canaan, choosing to remain on the other side of Jordan.

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Israel’s failure to defeat their enemies resulted in them living among their enemies.

After a while, they became like their enemies, adopting the wicked ways of the various Canaanite tribes around them.

Eventually, Israel began to worship the false gods of the Canaanites.

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When they followed this downward path, God allowed them to know His displeasure and His judgment.

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When judgment came, eventually the people would realize that they were to blame.

They would repent and seek the Lord.

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When they did, God forgave them and raised up a deliverer, called a Judge.

These men and women helped Israel throw off the yoke of their oppressors.

They also helped them to live for God.

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Israel would follow a Judge until that Judge died.

Then they would revert to their wicked ways.

The cycle would begin again.

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This continued in Israel for about 400 years, until they got their first king.


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