Judges 3:5 The Problem With Peace

Judges 3:5 (KJV)
And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:

  • Every parent wishes it for their children
  • Every politician promises it to their citizens
  • Every patriot fights for it for their country
  • The hippies and even Martin Luther protested for it in the sixties


But there is a problem with peace.

There was a generation after Joshua that “had not known all the wars of Canaan.” The Bible goes so far as to say they “knew nothing thereof.” It’s a parent’s dream that their children would live in peace and know nothing at all about war. That they would get along with everyone around them, what a wonderful prospect!

The problem was that they got along so well that they not only had peace with them, they dwelt among them, and then they married them. And then they served their false gods with them.  And then they did evil in the sight of the Lord.

It seems like it would be a wonderful thing to live in peace. But we live in a world corrupt with sin. It is our place; it is necessary that we engage in combat with sin.

To live too long at ease and in peace will always lead to a compromise with the world, a decline in righteousness, and ultimately a forsaking of God.

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Judges 3:5 The Problem With Peace

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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