Uprooted


Gods Story for Your Life

Uprooted
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Read Judges 1:1-36
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Then Judah
joined with Simeon to fight against the Canaanites living in
Zephath, and
they completely destroyed the town. So the town was named
Hormah. 
. . .

The tribe of Benjamin, however, failed to drive out the
Jebusites, who were
living in Jerusalem. So to this day the Jebusites live in
Jerusalem among the
people of Benjamin. / (Judges 1:17,
21)

Reflect
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Israel’s mission seems unjust. Why would God
command them to uproot and
displace entire people groups?

God did not
decide this on a whim, nor was he favoring his chosen people,
Israel. He had
waited 700 years for “the sins of the Amorites” to “warrant
their
destruction” (Genesis 15:16). That means Israel had suffered in slavery
and
the wilderness so that God could be gracious to the people groups living
in
the Promised Land. Now, they were to be judged for their sin.

The
Israelites, however, failed to obey God’s command and failed to drive
the
evil Canaanites out of the land. God would eventually judge the
Israelites,
too, for becoming as evil as the people they were ordered to
drive out (2
Kings 17; 25; Jeremiah 6:18-19; Ezekiel 8). Israel’s obedience
was meant to
fulfill God’s plan, but Israel’s disobedience left God’s work
unfinished.

Often we do the same thing. We choose to tolerate sin rather
than drive it out
of our lives. We may know what God wants but just not
follow through. When we
fail to obey God, we fail to be part of the work God
has for us.

Respond
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Is there sin in your life that you’re
making room for? God did not ask the
Israelites to go alone into battle
against the Canaanites; he promised to go
with them, and even ahead of them
(Josh 3:10). Ask God to drive the sin out of
your life, but be ready to go
with him. Are you ready to give up the sin
that’s still living in your heart?
If not, talk with God about what’s holding
you back.

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