As I was studying this story in scripture (the inductive way), here is what I found (http://bit.ly/1s8tNJj):
Under Joshua, the Israelites conquered the entire country (Joshua 21). The only defeat was at Ai, where an Israelite named Achan disobeyed God's orders. In 7 years they defeated 31 kings in the land. Joshua divided the land among the 12 tribes of Israel as God directed.
Joshua was a great leader but he made 2 fatal mistakes. First, he failed to completely defeat the Canaanites (especially the Philistines, Amalekites, and Midianites), and second, he failed to wipe out completely the filthy and idolatrous fertility cults of the land. Joshua's failure to cut this cancer completely out of society resulted in disastrous times for about the next 400 years of Hebrew history.
Again and again and again ... You get the idea! Even after God gave them the Judges to help point them in the right direction, keep them on track they still followed that cycle. They looked around at the other nations and envied them begging God for what they had, so He indulged and gave them Kings. But in an effort to keep them in line with His Words, He also gave them the Prophets! Sadly, the Israelites didn't always listen and this became their ultimate downfall.
It hit me, we (myself definitely included) are JUST LIKE THE ISRAELITES!!
TO BE CONTINUED ...
*Satan really didn't want me to write this blog as I kept "accidentally" (through error of technology) deleting portions as they were written. I will be finishing this tomorrow or later this week but didn't want satan to win by not getting something out. I know God has big plans or the enemy wouldn't fight so hard!
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