Good morning! Please read Judges 1, Judges 2, and Judges 3:1-30. 3 months in and you are doing great!
When the people entered the promised land and failed to oust the Canaanites, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when their children failed to serve the one true God. Joshua has passed away, and –
“Eventually that entire generation died and was buried. Then another generation grew up that didn’t know anything of God or the work he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10 MSG)
So sad! After everything they’ve been through, so many years, so many trials, so many victories, so much poured into them by Moses…. Imagine a generation being raised with this other people, their culture, their false gods…. even if they were just laborers, they were still a presence. If you were raised there, you’d probably just accept it.
(I also notice that Moses continually poured into Joshua as he led the people of Israel, purposefully mentoring him to be the next leader. I don’t notice that Joshua grooming anyone…. is this significant? Who are you pouring into? A leader duplicates him/herself).
What is that saying – “what you tolerate becomes your standard”? So important to live by God’s standards AND teach them daily to your children.