The Reason for Mid East Tension?
In Judges 1, we discover the tribes that did not drive out the Canaanites are: Judah, Benjamin, Manasseh, Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali and Dan. So, eight of the twelve tribes did not do as the LORD commanded.
In Judges Chapter two, we see that Israel is rebuked. “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.”
In this passage it is unclear if what the sin is and what the consequence is. What we do know is that the Canaanites that remained in the land were to be a snare to the Israelites. I couldn’t help but wonder if Israel had obeyed God, would the situation in the Middle East be different today?