Tuesday, March 31, 2009

When will we ever learn? When will we e-e-e-ever learn?

Way back in Deuteronomy, God told Moses to tell the people to absorb the Words of God into their lives, their homes, their daily activities, AND their children's lives.

"Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. " (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

In today's reading we see why.

They followed God for a while, then they worshipped idols. God punished them by putting them under the cruel reign of Cushan-Rishathaim for 8 years.

They cried out to God. He rescued them, and they had peace for 40 years.

12 -14 "But the People of Israel went back to doing evil in God's sight." So God punished them by putting them under Eglon for 14 years." (Eglon was the extra fat king. See previous blog.)

They cried out to God and God rescued them. The land was prosperous and quiet for 80 years.

1 -3"The People of Israel kept right on doing evil in God's sight. With Ehud dead, God sold them off to Jabin king of Canaan who ruled from Hazor." (Judges 4) God let him oppress them for 20 years.

They had a mighty battle this time. Very dramatic. Women end up playing major roles.

"The land was quiet for forty years."

When will they ever learn? When will WE ever learn?

words and music by Pete Seeger
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1 comment:

Heidi said...

As soon as I saw the title, the tune started rolling around my head. The Israelites certainly had cycles of learn, forget, remember didn't they? Oh wait - I keep repeating the same cycle!