About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Angel Of The Lord At Bokin (ch. 2:1 - 5)
verse 1 we see the phrase "the angel of the Lord".
As I've said before, most Bible teachers agree that this term
refers to pre-incarnate Jesus. We
need to realize that Jesus existed before He was so named when He was
conceived into the womb of Mary.
angel of the Lord reminds
verse also mentions the covenant that God spoke to
reason why I believe this is the Abrahamic Covenant spoken of here is
because the context has to do with God giving Israel
land, which was a big part of the Abrahamic Covenant.
2 says, "I will never break my covenant". This is yet another
reason why I believe it is the Abrahamic Covenant spoken of here.
That covenant was unconditional, meaning, God would keep it and
fulfill it even if
Mosaic Covenant was conditional.
entered into that covenant with God and as long as
in verse 2 God reminds
in verse 2 God reminded Israel
that they were to break down the altars of the pagan gods that they
lived amongst, but again, they disobeyed God's command, as is stated
simple fact is that if God's people don't rid themselves of that which
does not belong to God in their lives, that which does not belong to God
will grow and eventually take them over.
You become what you did not destroy.
This is what happened to
asks in verse 2, "why have you done this"?
I don't think God is asking this question because He doesn't know
the answer. He's asking
verse 3 we see God's response to Israel's disobedience. Because
4 and 5 show us that in general terms the Israelis wept when they heard
these words of judgment. The
tipping point of sin had reached the throne of God.
He had just pronounced judgment and Israelis wept as a result.
This weeping doesn't mean they repented.
It simply means that they were sorry for themselves because God
would now judge them.
place where they wept was named "Bokin", which means, "a
place to weep".
And Defeat (ch. 2:6-23)
see in verse 6 and 7 that while Joshua and the elders of
verse 9 we see that Joshua died at the age of 110.
He was buried in his tribal inheritance, which was the
10 is sad. It states that
the next generation after Joshua's death neither knew the Lord or how He
had blessed Israel. We might wonder just how
that would be. Didn't
Joshua's generation pass along these things to their children?
I would think they did, mainly because the last verse said that
Joshua's generation served the Lord.
I would then think they would have taught the ways of Yahweh to
think the problem arose with the next generation growing up in a land
heavily influenced by paganism. They
simply refused to listen to their parents.
They gave themselves to the pagan way of life that surrounded
them, something God commanded them not to do.
believe verses 11 and 12 show my above point to be true.
The text states that "they did evil by serving the
Baals". It also says,
"they forsook the Lord". It's
not that this generation didn't hear about the Lord, because they did.
They knew the Lord in their heads, but the did not know Him in
their hearts, so they fell into Baal worship.
thing we learn about this is that every generation must find the Lord on
their own. You do not
inherit salvation. One of
the hardest things for God's people seems to be to pass their Christian
heritage on to the next generation.
in verse 11 the word "Baals", plural.
Each community had their own Baal and altar to Baal. Thus the
reason for the plural form of Baal. Such
worship "provoked the Lord to anger".
suggest that today, when Christians attempt to unite themselves with
other world religions, the Lord is provoked to anger as well.
There is no difference between
"Ashoreth' mentioned in verse 13.
She was a Canaanite goddess of fertility.
You might say she was the female counterpart to Baal, who was a
male god of fertility.
see the judgment of God in verse 14 and 15.
Judgment came by military defeat by
principle that the apostle Paul speaks of in Romans 1 takes place here.
God will simply withdraw Himself from us and hand us over to the
sin of our choice.
16 and onward tell us that God raised up judges to care for
19 states that when God appointed judges died, the next generation got
more evil than the last. This
is how it is in life. Unless
the cycle breaks, the next generation will fall to a lower level of sin
than the last generation.
verses 20 to 23 we see that God was "very angry" with the
second generation after Joshua died.
Earlier in the chapter we noted that God was angry with the first
generation after Joshua, but now, since the second generation is worse
still, He is even more angry. He
does not fight on their behalf. Israelis
lose battles. These losses
were to be a "test" that would make them think about returning
to God. We must understand
the judgment by God is for one reason.
Yes, it is punishment, but the punishment is to encourage us to
come back to the Lord.