I wanted to sing praise to God this morning and randomly opened to a psalm.
1 Praise the LORD!
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His loving kindness is everlasting.
2 Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the LORD,
Or can show forth all His praise?
3 How blessed are those who keep justice [judgment],
Who practice righteousness at all times!
It was going well! I kept singing and then came the sin. Rebellion, forgetting His wonderful works, twice , once in Egypt, once after crossing the Red Sea. They were punished each time. Next they followed a false god but this time their punishment was stopped when Phineas stood up for them. Then even Moses made God angry at Meribah. It was getting depressing to read.
They were ordered to destroy ALL the people they met in battle. They did not. They did not destroy all the people God sent them to destroy. They had mercy on a people who had not shown mercy to their own children. They had mercy on a people who sacrificed their own children and shed their baby's innocent blood.
They mingled with those people. They learned about their false gods and followed those false gods WHICH BECAME A TRAP AND THEY GOT CAUGHT IN THE TRAP!
37 "They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,
38 And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and their daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with the blood.
39 Thus they became unclean in their works,
And played the harlot in their deeds."
So the nation was invaded, conquered, and the people were ruled by those who hated them.
Again, they were ruled by people who hated them.