Bokim Angel – Why the Angel Scolded Israel at Bokim
Bible Study Lesson — Judges 2:1-5
The people of Israel are setting out on a new journey in this passage from Judges about the Bokim Angel – one that will take them away from Gods blessing.
They knew the covenant made during the time of Joshua was no longer in effect because they did not keep their part of the bargain.
So begins a long line of judges to lead them.
But, how does this affect us today?
Angel of the Lord Scolds Israel at Bokim (Bochim)
Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim.
And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you, and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’
But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?
Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’”
When the angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept.
So they named that place Bochim; and there they sacrificed to the Lord. – Judges 21-5 NASB
Did God Abandon Israel?
From the words of the angel it would seem so. but, if we look at the covenant as a whole God expected Israel to do some of the work too.
What type of work? Well, put simply God asked Israel to obey his wishes and not make covenants with the pagan nations who resided in their land.
The covenant mentioned here is from Exodus 19:5-8 and clearly states what each party was to do.
In this covenant God promised to protect Israel and make them into a nation – a nation who would make the name of God known all over the world (fulfilled by the coming of Christ). All he asked in return was obedience.
The people broke their promise to God and drifted into spiritual decadence thinking they could overcome any outside temptation on their own.
They were wrong!
This is a question for us today. Are we able to resist the temptations coming to us from every direction without Gods strength?
The answer is a resounding “No” – so what can we do when sin creeps into our lives?
Back to Basics
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Just as God expected faithfulness from Israel, Christ wants us to come to him with the everyday challenges in our lives.
Israel didn’t do their part. Are we doing ours?
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Thank you for learning about the Bokim Angel. I hope to see you again for more study of Scripture soon! Please scroll to the bottom to get my Christian updates. – Bob