When Calamity Hits Part One

Right off in the book of Judges, calamity was described as the fruit of their disobedience. It gave me pause as I read this. Several times in Judges 1, it says that the children of Israel did not completely drive the enemy out. 

Judges 1:27 says, “However, Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants…for the Canaanites were determined to dwell in that land.” In verse 28 it says that when Israel became strong, they put them under tribute, “…but did not completely drive them out.”

In Judges 2:1 the Angel of the Lord spoke, “…I swore to your fathers; and I said, I will never break My covenant with you. And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land…But you have not obeyed My voice…”

Verse 3 says, “…I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.”  Verse 11 says that after Joshua’s death, “…the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals.”

They forsook the Lord and served the gods of their enemy. Do you see the enemy’s influence? How could they bow down to a god, and forsake the One Who led them through the wilderness?

The Lord’s anger was hot against them. Calamity hit. Verse 14 says, “…So He delivered them into the hands of the plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.”

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