A Daily Purpose Day 114

A Daily Purpose Day 114

The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, April 24, 2023

Judges 2:10-3:31, Luke 22:14-34, Psalm 92:1-93:5, Proverbs 14:1-2

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Consequences of Ignored Warnings

written by Torrie Slaughter

Idolatry is one of the most common and insidious sins that we can fall into. It can take many forms, such as the worship of money, power, fame, or material possessions. When we prioritize these things above God, we are committing idolatry, and it can have disastrous consequences in our lives. The book of Judges in the Bible offers a cautionary tale about the dangers of idolatry, and the consequences that can result from turning away from God.

The book of Judges recounts the history of Israel after they had settled in the Promised Land.


The Israelites had experienced God’s faithfulness in delivering them from slavery in Egypt, and in providing for them during their journey in the wilderness. However, as they began to settle in the land of Canaan, they began to turn away from God and worship the gods of the people around them. This led to a cycle of disobedience, judgment, and repentance, which is repeated throughout the book.

In Judges 2:11-19, we read about how the Israelites “did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals” (v. 11). Baal was a Canaanite god of fertility and agriculture, who was often associated with rain and the growth of crops. The Israelites began to worship Baal in the hopes that he would provide for them, instead of trusting in God’s provision. This act of idolatry provoked God’s anger, and he allowed their enemies to conquer them.


Let’s briefly discuss why or who the Israelites believed Baal to be and why worshiping him is ungodly. 

Baal was a deity worshiped by many ancient Near Eastern cultures, including the Canaanites and Phoenicians. The worship of Baal was often associated with fertility, agriculture, and weather. The name “Baal” means “lord” or “master,” and the deity was seen as the controller of nature and the provider of crops, rain, and other natural resources.

In the Bible, Baal is frequently mentioned as a false god that the Israelites were tempted to worship. The worship of Baal was one of the most prominent forms of idolatry in the Old Testament, and it often led to judgment and punishment from God.

The first mention of Baal in the Bible is in the book of Numbers, where the Israelites are described as worshiping Baal of Peor (Numbers 25:1-5). This act of idolatry brought God’s wrath upon them, and many were killed by a plague.

In the book of Judges, the worship of Baal is mentioned numerous times as a common form of idolatry among the Israelites. The prophet Elijah also famously challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest on Mount Carmel, where he demonstrated the power of the true God by calling down fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:16-40).

Baal is often shown as a warrior riding on a chariot, and his victory over the powers of darkness is celebrated in many of the texts.

Despite the widespread worship of Baal in ancient times, the Bible makes it clear that he is a false god and that the worship of him is a form of idolatry. The Israelites were often tempted to turn away from God and worship Baal, but they were reminded time and again of the consequences of their disobedience. The lesson for us today is clear: we must be careful not to put anything above God in our lives, and we must always seek to honor him and obey his commands.


The consequences of idolatry are severe.


In the case of the Israelites, it led to their oppression by foreign nations and the loss of their freedom. It also caused them to forget their identity as God’s chosen people, and to lose their sense of purpose and direction. They became like the people around them, living for their own selfish desires and ignoring God’s commandments.

The book of Judges is a warning to us about the dangers of idolatry. When we put anything above God in our lives, we are in danger of experiencing the same cycle of disobedience, judgment, and repentance. We may experience short-term gain, but the long-term consequences can be devastating.

The solution to idolatry is to turn back to God, to repent of our sin and seek his forgiveness. We must recognize that only God can truly satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts, and that anything else we worship will ultimately leave us empty and unfulfilled. We must prioritize our relationship with God above all else, and seek to live in obedience to his commands.

In conclusion, the book of Judges serves as a warning against idolatry. When we put anything above God in our lives, we are in danger of experiencing the same cycle of disobedience, judgment, and repentance that the Israelites did. The consequences of idolatry are severe, and can lead to the loss of our freedom, purpose, and identity. The solution is to turn back to God, to repent of our sin and seek his forgiveness, and to prioritize our relationship with him above all else. May we always be vigilant against the temptation to worship idols, and may we always seek to honor God in all that we do.

Torrie is a media ministry consultant who works with churches and faith driven organizations to build their ministry team. She is the Blueprint Specialist uncovering root problems to construct solutions. Want to hear more? Tune in and listen to A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional a podcast by Our Given Purpose  and to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast.  Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 


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