Judges 10-12; Luke 23

Judges 10:10-16 Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, “We have sinned against you, for we have abandoned our God and served the Baals.” The LORD answered the Israelites: Did not the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, the Sidonians, the Amalekites, and the Midianites oppress you? Yet when you cried out to me, and I saved you from their power, you still abandoned me and served other gods. Therefore I will save you no more. Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen; let them save you in your time of distress. But the Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned. Do to us whatever is good in your sight. Only deliver us this day!” And they cast out the foreign gods from their midst and served the LORD, so that he grieved over the misery of Israel.

This is a great example of the Old Testament’s anthropomorphizing God.  God is very human here; i. e. He’s “had enough”, reminiscent of Howard Beale in “Network”: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”  But ultimately He proves persuadable.  Of course in reality God is immutable and He loves us immutably.  He will never spurn the genuinely repentant heart.

GOD’S ANSWER: I have written Myself on your hearts.  You can always turn to Me in your distress, but know I long to share your joys too.

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