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Israel's broken promise

God's people break their promise and worship idols.
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Before Joshua died he reminded the people of Israel how God had rescued them from Egypt and brought them to the promised land. ‘So then,’ he urged the people, ‘get rid of the false gods and give yourselves totally and completely to the Lord.’ <br/>Joshua set an example by saying, ‘As for me and my house we will serve the Lord’ (Joshua 24:15). – Slide 1
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Not long after, Joshua died, and a new generation of people grew up. These people saw the dancing and drinking that took place at the places where the Canaanites worshipped their false gods and started to join in with them. Over time they stopped worshipping God and worshipped false gods instead. God was displeased and sent an angel of the Lord to warn them. – Slide 2
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The angel brought a message from God, ‘I told you not to enter into agreements with heathen people. I told you to break down the altars to their gods. You have disobeyed Me and I will no longer help you drive them out. They will be like thorns in your side and their gods will be a trap for you.’ – Slide 3
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The people called out to God and brought a sacrifice to Him. Sadly, very little changed. They kept their friendships with the Canaanites and continued to worship their gods. They were not sorry for what they had done. – Slide 4
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Jesus died on the cross and took the punishment for our sin. He sacrificed His life so we could be forgiven. But so many would rather do what they want than obey God. – Slide 5
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God’s warnings came true. When the Israelites went into battle and were defeated. <br/>Their enemies constantly carried out raids to steal their crops and belongings. <br/>So, the Lord raised up judges, who taught them how to obey God and be delivered from their enemies. But whenever the judge died, the people returned to their evil ways and worshipped false gods. They lived under the control of their enemies and in fear of them. But they refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways. – Slide 6
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