“But they broke faith with the God of their fathers and whored after the gods of the peoples of the land …” (v25). While nothing could stop God’s plan to bless the nations through Israel by sending Jesus, each generation had a choice whether to cooperate with God. Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, lost his birthright because of sin (v10). Some of his descendants were “valiant men” (v18) who fought courageously, but later generations turned their backs on God and were conquered by the Assyrians (v25-26).
“They cried out to God in the battle” (v20). Each of us faces our own battle in our own generation. Rather than run after idols, we can call out to the God who saves.