Tasks for this week:

  1. Complete daily Bible reading
  2. Memorize Joshua 24:14-15 and Judges 2:12

Week 13: Day 4

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Judges 2-3

2:1 The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim. He said, “I brought you up from Egypt and led you into the land I had solemnly promised to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, 2but you must not make an agreement with the people who live in this land. You should tear down the altars where they worship.’ But you have disobeyed me. Why would you do such a thing? 3At that time I also warned you, ‘If you disobey, I will not drive out the Canaanites before you. They will ensnare you and their gods will lure you away.’” 4When the angel of the Lord finished speaking these words to all the Israelites, the people wept loudly. 5They named that place Bokim and offered sacrifices to the Lord there. 6When Joshua dismissed the people, the Israelites went to their allotted portions of territory, intending to take possession of the land. 7The people worshiped the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and as long as the elderly men who outlived him remained alive. These men had witnessed all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. 8Joshua son of Nun, the Lord’s servant, died at the age of 110. 9The people buried him in his allotted land in Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 10That entire generation passed away; a new generation grew up that had not personally experienced the Lord’s presence or seen what he had done for Israel. 11The Israelites did evil before the Lord by worshiping the Baals. 12They abandoned the Lord God of their ancestors who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They followed other gods—the gods of the nations who lived around them. They worshiped them and made the Lord angry. 13They abandoned the Lord and worshiped Baal and the Ashtoreths. 14The Lord was furious with Israel and handed them over to robbers who plundered them. He turned them over to their enemies who lived around them. They could no longer withstand their enemies’ attacks. 15Whenever they went out to fight, the Lord did them harm, just as he had warned and solemnly vowed he would do. They suffered greatly. 16The Lord raised up leaders who delivered them from these robbers. 17But they did not obey their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned aside from the path their ancestors had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not. 18When the Lord raised up leaders for them, the Lord was with each leader and delivered the people from their enemies while the leader remained alive. The Lord felt sorry for them when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 19When a leader died, the next generation would again act more wickedly than the previous one. They would follow after other gods, worshiping them and bowing down to them. They did not give up their practices or their stubborn ways. 20The Lord was furious with Israel. He said, “This nation has violated the terms of the covenant I made with their ancestors by disobeying me. 21So I will no longer remove before them any of the nations that Joshua left unconquered when he died, 22in order to test Israel. I want to see whether or not the people will carefully walk in the path marked out by the Lord, as their ancestors were careful to do.” 23This is why the Lord permitted these nations to remain and did not conquer them immediately; he did not hand them over to Joshua. 3:1 These were the nations the Lord permitted to remain so he could use them to test Israel—he wanted to test all those who had not experienced battle against the Canaanites. 2He left those nations simply because he wanted to teach the subsequent generations of Israelites, who had not experienced the earlier battles, how to conduct holy war. 3These were the nations: the five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath. 4They were left to test Israel, so the Lord would know if his people would obey the commands he gave their ancestors through Moses. 5The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 6They took the Canaanites’ daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; they worshiped their gods as well. 7The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. They forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs. 8The Lord was furious with Israel and turned them over to King Cushan Rishathaim of Armon Haraim. They were Cushan Rishathaim’s subjects for eight years. 9When the Israelites cried out for help to the Lord, he raised up a deliverer for the Israelites who rescued them. His name was Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10The Lord’s Spirit empowered him and he led Israel. When he went to do battle, the Lord handed over to him King Cushan Rishathaim of Armon, and Othniel overpowered him. 11The land had rest for 40 years; then Othniel son of Kenaz died. 12The Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight. The Lord gave King Eglon of Moab control over Israel because they had done evil in the Lord’s sight. 13Eglon formed alliances with the Ammonites and Amalekites. He came and defeated Israel, and they seized the city of date palm trees. 14The Israelites were subject to King Eglon of Moab for 18 years. 15When the Israelites cried out for help to the Lord, he raised up a deliverer for them. His name was Ehud son of Gera the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The Israelites sent him to King Eglon of Moab with their tribute payment. 16Ehud made himself a sword—it had two edges and was 18 inches long. He strapped it under his coat on his right thigh. 17He brought the tribute payment to King Eglon of Moab. (Now Eglon was a very fat man.) 18After Ehud brought the tribute payment, he dismissed the people who had carried it. 19But he went back once he reached the carved images at Gilgal. He said to Eglon, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” Eglon said, “Be quiet!” All his attendants left. 20When Ehud approached him, he was sitting in his well-ventilated upper room all by himself. Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” When Eglon rose up from his seat, 21Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled the sword from his right thigh, and drove it into Eglon’s belly. 22The handle went in after the blade, and the fat closed around the blade, for Ehud did not pull the sword out of his belly. 23As Ehud went out into the vestibule, he closed the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them. 24When Ehud had left, Eglon’s servants came and saw the locked doors of the upper room. They said, “He must be relieving himself in the well-ventilated inner room.” 25They waited so long they were embarrassed, but he still did not open the doors of the upper room. Finally they took the key and opened the doors. Right before their eyes was their master, sprawled out dead on the floor! 26Now Ehud had escaped while they were delaying. When he passed the carved images, he escaped to Seirah. 27When he reached Seirah, he blew a trumpet in the Ephraimite hill country. The Israelites went down with him from the hill country, with Ehud in the lead. 28He said to them, “Follow me, for the Lord is about to defeat your enemies, the Moabites!” They followed him, captured the fords of the Jordan River opposite Moab, and did not let anyone cross. 29That day they killed about 10,000 Moabites—all strong, capable warriors; not one escaped. 30Israel humiliated Moab that day, and the land had rest for 80 years. 31After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath. He killed 600 Philistines with an oxgoad. So he also delivered Israel. (NET Bible)

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