Seven Years a Slave

The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD handed them over to Midian seven years, Judges 6:1 HCSB

When i consider the history of the Jewish people and the story of their struggle to maintain a relationship with God and conquer their own sin by means of the law I see it as a very long and ornate message to us today that says “You cannot fix your sin problem.” The book of Judges is similar to much of the flow of my spiritual life. At times I was doing good and then at other times Ron did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.

What will God do to turn his children away from evil? Nearly anything. Like any loving parent He will do whatever it takes to save his children. Including handing them over to the consequences of their sin.

The LORD handed them over

Really? God handed them over? You bet he did. Because to continue to bless them while they polluted themselves and their country with evil would be the worst possible thing God could do for them. If your teenager is flunking all his classes, drinking, drugging and getting in trouble with the police would you continue to supply him with a car, money and whatever else he asks for? Of course not because you want what is best for him and perhaps the best thing would be to hand him over to the police. Hand him over to life without a car or money etc.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:28 NIV

When you hand your child over to the consequences of their sin you do so in the hope that they will see their sin for the evil that it really is. You hope that they will turn around. God however does not think that way. He knows what they will do. He knows those who will embrace evil and never turn away from it.

They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:29-32 NIV

God hands them over to experience the fruit of their choice. It is an ugly fruit, bitter and rotten to the core. The sad truth is that the vast majority of humans that ever lived and walked on the earth lived this way. Thankfully God did not give everyone up. He chose for himself a people and he wrote a message across the pages of history that says “You cannot save yourself, You need a savior.”

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