“I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land that I swore to give your forefathers.
I said, ‘ I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’
Yet you have disobeyed me.
Why have you done this?
Now therefore I tell you that I will not drive them out before you: they will be thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.”
Lord, you put challenges in our lives. You ask for complete obedience and constantly lay down choices before us in which we can choose to obey or to disobey. To disobey you is sin, and my loving and almighty Father, of sin I am guilty. Oh. So. Guilty. Every day I am reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice for me, and I am the most grateful.
Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonites their brothers and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyed the city.
Therefore it was called *Hormah.
*This Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
In my own life I am constantly attempting to give things that I struggle with over to you. It seems like a terrible game some days, where every issue I throw to you turns out to be a boomerang that comes hurtling back towards me a while later. Redemption is a fluid thing, I think. Also perhaps there is no end to earthly troubles, and to walk through life thinking that my troubles will come and go away permanently is to be a spiritual infant.
Your death on the cross gives us freedom to CHOOSE to obey you. Yet you did not and do not take away the temptation to CHOOSE to disobey you. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, to quote Paul. Perhaps he was trying to irrevocably give his thorn over to you, like the Hebrew term Hormah, but in the end you wouldn’t take the thorn so that Paul continually had to CHOOSE to follow you in the face of his reality.
Lord you are so good, thank you.