Forty years in the wilderness didn’t teach much to the people of Israel. After the initial successes under Joshua in conquering the land of Canaan, Judges registers their failure to exterminate complete the pagans in the land.

But you have disobeyed me. Why would you do such a thing? At that time I also warned you, ‘If you disobey, I will not drive out the Canaanites before you. They will ensnare you and their gods will lure you away.’
Judges 2.2b-3 NET

“The consequences of partial obedience are seen” (C.E. Amerding, “Judges,” International Bible Commentary, F.F. Bruce ed. [Zondervan 1986] 315). To the Lord’s question, there is but stony silence. The people have no defense. If he has been and continues to be faithful to the covenant, how can they dream of infidelity to the Lord? Continue reading