Judges 9-10, 1 Corinthians 10
Judges 10 really opened my eyes today in my reading. The Israelites kept going back to serving other gods and God let them suffer because of this. But then they came to him and begged for his forgiveness, and still he rejected them. But after a while he could no longer let them suffer. He is so gracious and does this with us every day. He gives us free will and allows us to stray but when we cry out to him in forgiveness he rescues us no matter what we’ve done.
23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
This stood out to me today – we can do anything but it’s difficult sometimes because what we want to do may not always be beneficial or constructive. In a world where it seems like it’s the norm to seek satisfaction in possessions, social status, etc it can be a struggle to avoid conforming to these ways of self seeking glorification and doing what we want vs. what’s right and what’s good in the eyes of God. But if we seek the good of others, not the good of ourselves, like we’ve been called to do, we will find purpose and joy, and our actions will be both beneficial and constructive.
I like in 1 Corinthians 10 how Paul’s writings connect to those of the OT (exodus, numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, judges) and all that we’ve read so far in this plan. He explains how we are to not follow the example of the Israelites, whose beliefs and actions constantly fluctuated between faith in God and idolatry. It is difficult and as humans it is impossible to be perfect, but Paul calls us to do our best to lead by example and avoid inconsistent faith (and actions such as worshipping other worldly things). Praise God for his love despite our sinfulness!!!
Yes I love this connection b/t the old and New Testament! Like you said it’s impossible to be perfect but as we read in cor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Our God is faithful and always, always seeks the best for us. He will never abandon us and He gives us a way to redeem ourselves and find our way back to Him, even after we’ve sinned
Judges 10 reminds me of God’s grace, faithfulness, and forgiveness. Even after the Israelites sinned and pushed God away, he still showed compassion and wanted to do what was best for them. Thank you Lord for your constant grace in my life! I sometimes push you away and when I sin you always show love and compassion towards me!
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