impatient with Israel’s trouble

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impatient with Israel’s trouble

Judges 10:6-18 (JDV)

Judges 10:6 Then the Israelites did what was evil again in the eyes of Yahveh. They worshiped the Baals and the Ashtoreths, the gods of Aram, Sidon, and Moab, and the gods of the Ammonites and the Philistines. They abandoned Yahveh and did not worship him.
Judges 10:7 So Yahveh’s anger burned against Israel, and he sold them to the Philistines and the Ammonites.
Judges 10:8 They shattered and crushed the Israelites that year, and for eighteen years they kept doing it to all the Israelites who were on the other side of the Jordan in the land of the Amorites in Gilead.
Judges 10:9 The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin, and the house of Ephraim. Israel was greatly oppressed,
Judges 10:10 so they cried out to Yahveh, saying, “We have failed you. We have abandoned our God and worshiped the Baals.”
Judges 10:11 Yahveh said to the Israelites, “When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines,
Judges 10:12 Sidonians, Amalekites, and Maonites oppressed you, and you cried out to me, did I not rescue you from them?
Judges 10:13 But you have abandoned me and worshiped other gods. So I will not deliver you again.
Judges 10:14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them deliver you whenever you are oppressed.”
Judges 10:15 But the Israelites said, “We have failed. Deal with us as you see fit; only rescue us today!”
Judges 10:16 So they got rid of the foreign gods among them and worshiped Yahveh, and his throat became impatient with Israel’s trouble.
Judges 10:17 The Ammonites were called together, and they camped in Gilead. So the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah.
Judges 10:18 The rulers of Gilead said to one another, “Which man will begin the fight against the Ammonites? He will be the leader of all the inhabitants of Gilead.”

impatient with Israel’s trouble

The trouble Israel was facing had lasted for eighteen years, to the extent that even God had become impatient with Israel’s trouble.

Brothers and sisters, we all know what it is like to suffer through long periods of distress. Do you know that our God gets frustrated as well when we go through such times? Yes, he is eagerly awaiting a people who will cry out to him in their distress. Will we be such a people?

LORD, we deserve what is happening to us. “We have failed. Deal with us as you see fit; only rescue us today!”

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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