“And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD.”
Bochim was the place where God pronounced that Israel would never drive out all the inhabitants of the land because they made leagues with them. It was their willingness not to follow the LORD’s command that led to this place becoming a place of tears. Bochim means a place of tears. In other words, Israel was doomed for tears because of several actions. Let me show you from Israel’s example of what will doom your life to tears of regret and heartache.
First, making alliances with the world leads to tears of regret. In verse 2, God made it clear that Israel made leagues with the inhabitants of the land. Living the separated life is the best way to keep your life from being filled with tears of regret. If you never yoke up with the world, you will never partake of their sinful actions. You may have to live in the world, but you don’t have to become a part of the world.
Second, stopping short of faith leads to tears of regret. In verse 3, Israel didn’t drive out all the inhabitants of the land. Your excuses for not wholly following God’s command of faith always leads to tears of regret. Just because you started to experience the blessings of faith doesn’t mean you should stop short of doing all that God commands you to do by faith.
Third, a man-focused service always leads to tears of regret. In verse 7, it says that Israel only served God as long as Joshua lived. My friend, just because a spiritual leader has died doesn’t give you permission to stop serving God in the manner they taught you to serve Him. You shouldn’t serve God in the manner that you serve Him because of your spiritual leader, but you should serve God in that manner because what they told you is from the Scriptures. If you serve man, you are sure to quit serving God when they are gone.
Fourth, in verse 10, not getting to know God leads to tears of regret. This generation didn’t get to know God and His works because they lived under the umbrella of their spiritual leader’s blessings. Don’t just enjoy the overflow of God’s blessings on your spiritual leader, but you must get God’s blessings for yourself if you want those blessings to continue once they are gone. The same spiritual blessings you enjoy from the overflow of God’s blessings on your spiritual leader can be yours if you will do the same works they do.
Fifth, not listening to your spiritual leaders leads to tears of regret. In verse 17, Israel wouldn’t listen to those spiritual leaders who led them. Tears of heartache and regret are in your future if you refuse to listen and obey the spiritual leaders who give you scriptural advice.
Sixth, being quick to find new ways to live is a sure way to have tears of regret. In verse 17, Israel “turned quickly out of the way.” My friend, stop trying to find a new way to do God’s works and just keep doing God’s works the same way you were taught. God’s methods are not generationally different; the methods that worked for past generations will still work today if we work them.
Seventh, forsaking the heritage of your fathers leads to tears of regret. You will find tears of regret and heartache in your future if your goal is to erase the memory of the heritage of your fathers. Don’t forsake your heritage, but embrace it if you want to enjoy God’s blessings on your life.