Judges 20:18-28 (KJV) Don’t Let Defeat Stop You

Judges 20:18-28 (KJV)
And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first.
And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.
And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.
And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.
And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.
(And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.
And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.
Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
And the children of Israel enquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,
And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.

Israel had asked the Lord concerning the battle against Benjamin and were assured that this was right to do. However, in the first attempt, they were soundly and sorely defeated. Once again they sought God and once again they were assured this battle was right. However, once again they were defeated. At this point nearly twice as many Israelites had died as there were Benjamites.

Once again, with fasting and weeping, they sought God. They were again assured that the battle was of the Lord so they set themselves to fight again. This time they won.

There are elements of this passage that are inexplicable. We may only stand appalled at the evil of men when they are left to their own devices. But there is a lesson in this account. Defeat does not necessarily mean God isn’t in a thing. There are numbers of men I have known who have tried and failed at planting a new church. There are several I could think of who have applied and been turned down for a particular job they believed they would want to do. Failure did not necessarily mean God was opposed to them.

One man applied to several police departments before getting hired. He has succeeded in his field now for many years. One man attempted several fields of work before getting a job that has been a blessing to himself and his family. I was blessed to plant a church in Astoria, OR. After arriving I learned that there had been two unsuccessful attempts before me. The fact that there had been previous failures in no way meant that God did not intend on success.

You might be experiencing a time of failure right now. Do not take that to mean God is opposed to your success. Fast, pray and perhaps adjust your strategy but do not give up. If you have sought the Lord, if your plan is true to the Word of God then be encouraged. God is on your side.

 

 

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Judges 20:18-28 (KJV) Don’t Let Defeat Stop You

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Revelation 10:7 (KJV) The Finished Mystery

Revelation 10:7 (KJV)
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The fact that this is a mystery speaks to its challenges of interpretation. While there are a number of things the New Testament styles as a “mystery” I believe they may all be summed up in the Gospel of Christ.

The Old Testament promised a Messiah and gave prophecies regarding His:

  • Person
  • Character and
  • End

But these things were mysteries to the Jews, so much so that they missed the Messiah when He stood right in front of them.

  • The coming of Christ as a lamb
  • The judgment of Christ in the place of sinners
  • The church of Christ composed of Jews and Gentiles

These were all mysteries in the Old Testament that were revealed in the New Testament and find their fulfillment and finish in the end of the Tribulation.

 

 

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Revelation 10:7 (KJV) The Finished Mystery

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Judges 15:12-13 (KJV) He Was Not Immortal

Judges 15:12-13 (KJV)
And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.
And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

Hebrews chapter 9 verse 27 says, “And as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.”  Even a man with the strength and ingenuity of Samson, a man who knew that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, feared death.

  • He was strong but he was not immortal
  • He wade reckless but he was not immortal
  • He was a ruler of his people but he was not immortal
  • He was able to defeat the enemy over and over but he was not immortal

In the end he met the fate of all men.

The Psalmist taught us to measure our days, to remember that we are but dust and that our life on this earth comes all too quickly to an end. Samson seems to have forgotten that.

When it is all said and done, it is not what happens in this life, but what awaits us in the next that is most important.

 

 

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Judges 15:12-13 (KJV) He Was Not Immortal

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Judges 13:8 (KJV) This Ought to be the Prayer of Every Parent

Judges 13:8 (KJV)
Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.

Manoah sought direction from God as to how to parent.

He sought direction personally
It was good that his wife had heard from God but not good enough. Parenting is a partnership the father should be part of.

 

He sought direction from a man of God
They weren’t looking for a counselor or therapist or child expert or school teacher. They sought a man of God.

 

They received instructions of a heavenly nature
Manoah did not know his teacher was an angel until the very last. When we receive instructions from a man of God, whether we know it or not, we are hearing from heaven.

 

 

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Judges 13:8 (KJV) This Ought to be the Prayer of Every Parent

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Revelation 7:3 (KJV) Grace, God’s Characteristic Mark

Revelation 7:3 (KJV)
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The evidence of God’s grace is manifested in every era of God’s Word:

  • Adam and Eve knew God’s grace is covering them with skins
  • Noah found grace through the ark
  • Abraham found grace in his calling from the world
  • Moses found grace as God’s presence did not depart after Israel rebelled at Kadesh Barnea
  • This church age is also called the age of grace and even
  • During the Tribulation God refuses to allow the earth and sea to be harmed before He has sealed His 144,000

Grace is the characteristic mark of God’s work. He is holy and just but He is also love. From this combination of attributes is birthed grace.

Grace for all who will happily accept it.

 

 

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Revelation 7:3 (KJV) Grace, God’s Characteristic Mark

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Revelation 6:1 (KJV) Heaven and Earth

Revelation 6:1 (KJV)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

There are seven seals on the book. Six of them are opened in this chapter. The first four are unique in that:

  • There is a beast to open them
  • There is a horse and rider within them
  • There is an invitation to “come and see”.

Albert Barnes says that the transition from the fourth to the fifth is from earth to heaven; from the seen to the unseen.

There is, among those of us of faith, a strong assurance of both worlds:

  • This temporal, corruptible yet visible world.
  • An eternal, incorruptible and as far as things are now invisible world.

It is by making sound and scriptural observations of this world we can see that we learn lessons concerning that world we cannot. God, who dwells in the invisible world, is sovereign over this visible one. We know that what He says about eternity is true because we can see that what He has said about the earthly ages is true.

 

 

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Revelation 6:1 (KJV) Heaven and Earth

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Revelation 5:4 (KJV) I Wept Much

Revelation 5:4 (KJV)
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

 

Someone has suggested that the apostle is here a pattern to imitate of the one eager and teachable concerning the things of God. He seeks the Word of God and he longs for the one who can open the Word to him.

 

The best of us need God’s Word. We need:

  • to look upon it
  • to read it and, most of all
  • to be instructed in it

Having said that, the teacher we most need to sit under is no man of the earth, but the Lord of heaven.

 

  • To anxiously wait to hear from God,
  • To fear lest you might never be instructed of Him
  • To weep until God assures you that He will teach you;

this is a pattern worth imitating.

 

 

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Revelation 5:4 (KJV) I Wept Much

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

Revelation 4:5 (KJV)
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The Spirit of God, first seen in this book in Revelation 1:4, and throughout the letters to the seven churches, is seen again in Revelation four (and will be again in chapter five). The working of the Spirit in the churches (hinted at be the mention of the seven lamps of fire) has moved from the earth to heaven where the believers are now represented to be.

  • Wherever God is, believers will be found as the mark of true faith is that they follow the Lord
  • Wherever believers are, a local church will be found as the character of Christians is to assemble into churches.
  • Wherever there is a church the Holy Spirit will be found as the great work of the Holy Spirit is among the churches
  • Wherever the Spirit is there will be Christ as He loved the church and gave Himself for it

 

 

 

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

Revelation 3:1 (KJV)
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

 

I think John Gill is on track when, of Revelation 1:4 he writes, “…by these seven spirits are intended the Holy Spirit of God, who is one in his person, but his gifts and graces are various; and therefore he is signified by this number, because of the fulness and perfection of them…”

 

The Lord Jesus claims possession of the stars or angels (pastors) as well as that of the seven Spirits of God. His possession speaks of his authority over. The pastor of each church is subject to Christ. He is not in charge but he is under the direction of the Lord.

 

The same may be said of the Spirit of God. Though He is co-eternal and equal to Christ in every way He is subjected to Christ in the same manner that Christ is subjected to the Father. The Spirit’s ministry upon churches, each loved of Christ, is directed by Christ. The

  • perfections,
  • completions, and
  • fullnesses

of the Holy Spirit are poured out to Christ’s own churches as Christ directs.

 

 

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

Revelation 2:1 (KJV)
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

 

It strikes me that, though chapter two begins the letters to the seven churches, there is a continuity of thought that runs from chapter one to these seven letters. The Lord, who instructs John to write these letters, assumes that the readers of these letters (Ephesus expressly) will have read what is in chapter one of Revelation first.

 

That suggests that the seven letters were always a part of something bigger than themselves; that the seven letters were never meant to be sent individually to each one of these churches. It tells me that, though each church was a whole in and of itself, it was not to think of itself as isolated and alone. It tells me that the seven letters rest upon each other for interpretation and that the whole message of the Lord is not to be found in one letter or the other but in all of the letters taken together and in consideration of the book of the Revelation as a unit.

 

This principle would be true of the Bible. No one part of it stands without every part of it.

  • A verse of the Bible,
  • A chapter of the Bible,
  • A book of the Bible; yea,
  • A Testament of the Bible

taken without consideration for the rest of the Bible, is wrested from the Bible.

 

 

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

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