Bondage

29 03 2009

Scripture:

Judges 6: 1 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years. 2 The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds. 3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel, 4 camping in the land and destroying crops as far away as Gaza. They left the Israelites with nothing to eat, taking all the sheep, goats, cattle, and donkeys. 5 These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare. 6 So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help.

Observations:

This is not the first, nor the last time God has allowed His people to be subjected to captivity, oppression, and bondage.  The examples given in the Old Testament are often related to geographic, political, or physical bondage.  Whether it be the slavery of the Isralites in Egypt, or the jailing of Joseph – which may have been to correct generational curses, as opposed to personal sins – God always chastises and disciplines those he loves.

In ancient times they lost livestock and crops – or at least that is what was recorded.  These things were their more valued possessions.  Livestock and crops were more valuable than wives and children.

Applications:

Today, we live in spiritual bondage.  Jesus told us to be in the world, but not of the world – yet, we have drifted, spiritually, and have become of the world.  We live in the cities (like Lot and his family), we fail to see the corruption around us, and we are becoming more and more like them.  What sins have led us to this bondage?  Are they our sins, individually or corporately, or are they the sins of our fathers?

It wasn’t until they began to cry out though, that God sent a prophet to “rescue” them.  Are we crying out?

Prayer:

Father God, save us in spite of ourselves?  Give me the patience for you to harden pharaoh’s heart – not to do it with strength and might.

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