Summary: Why do we rebel even as babies. I don’t know. Why did the people in Israel continue to sin even in the face of God’s miracles. I don’t know.
Our Common Problem
The cycle of Judges: A judge dies and the people rebel against God and worship other gods because they are without Spiritual leadership. God brings retribution in the form of captivity and slavery by a neighbouring enemy. The people repent and cry out to God for relief. God restores his people by bringing up a Judge who conquers and leads the people back to worship Him. Then the judge dies...
When our kids were little we were constantly yelling “don’t jump on the beds!” Kids do what you tell them not to do. And then we would follow up with “If you keep jumping on the bed, you’ll get spanked.” They jump anyway, when you ask them why, they always say “I don’t know.”
Why do we rebel even as babies. I don’t know. Why did the people in Israel continue to sin even in the face of God’s miracles. I don’t know.
In Judges 6:8-9 God told the people “I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt. 9 I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land.”
1. People rebel
When I’m asked, “Why does bad stuff happen to people?” This is the reason that God shares with us. Because we are rebellious. Everyone rebels against God and His Word.
Again the Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight. They served the images of Baal and Ashtoreth, and the gods of Aram, Sidon, Moab, Ammon, and Philistia. They abandoned the LORD and no longer served him at all.
these people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay attention to the LORD’s instructions. They tell the seers, “Stop seeing visions!” They tell the prophets, “Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Forget all this gloom. Get off your narrow path. Stop telling us about your ‘Holy One of Israel.’”
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”
2. There is retribution for rebellion
Retribution means, “just desserts” it’s what we have coming to us for our rebellion OR it’s the reward we receive for being obedient