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God's Infinite Pity
What's the difference between God's heart and ours?
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Published August 18th, 2016
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Judges 2:16-18
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Main point summary
Our hearts grow harder when we refuse to listen to God. God's heart grows more tender when He hears our groanings.
Judges 2:16-18
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Judges 2:16-18
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Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges,
Nevertheless the lord raised up judges [by choosing certain men].
which delivered them
These judges delivered God's people [The LORD was with the judge leading His people into battle and fighting for and with them]
out of the hand of those that spoiled them.
from those who brought them shame and disgrace.
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And yet they would not hearken unto their judges,
The people still would not listen [which accounts for the fact that they later went after false gods] to their own judges [the very men that God Himself selected to deliver them!] .
but they went a whoring after other gods,
But the people went a whoring after other Gods [which accounts for the fact that they quickly turned from obeying God later down the road]
and bowed themselves unto them:
and bowed themselves down to them.
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they turned quickly out of the way
They turned aside [quickly, eagerly, and willingly] from the path of obedience
which their fathers walked in,
in which their fathers had walked [accounting for their blessings and prosperity]
obeying the commandments of the LORD;
in obeying the commandments of the LORD.
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but they did not so.
They did not do as their fathers [therefore they always fell victim to their enemies] .
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And when the LORD raised them up judges,
then the LORD was with the judge,
This is a serious and solemn point!
and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies
The LORD Himself delivered His people. The judge was simply a medium through whom He operated.
all the days of the judge:
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for it repented the LORD
for the LORD was repeatedly moved to pity . [ Our hearts grow hard, but God's heart grows more tender when he hears our groanings!]
because of their groanings
by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
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