As the adversary gained a foothold against Israel and became a snare, entrapping Israel, causing them to bow down, serve him, and follow his ways; so too; many churches and christians are caught up on this.
Take note, this is Israel, but it could by anyone!
Your adversary the devil!
Joshua has died, the successor to Moses is gathered with his fathers and now, behold Israel falters soon afterwords.
When blessing turns to a curse, when victory becomes defeat. When those who love the Lord God falter in their devotion to him. When sin enters the camp, when the people do not do as they are commanded; the enemy then gains a foothold and defeat is imminent unless sin is repented of.
Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? Jdg 1:1
And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. Jdg 1:2
And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. Jdg 2:1
And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? Jdg 2:2
Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. Jdg 2:3
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