Judges 3:1-4 (KJV) Why My Enemies?

Judges 3:1-4 (KJV)
Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;
Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath.
And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

 

Though the responsibility for leaving Canaanites in the land is placed, first upon the tribes of Israel and then upon Joshua, God here assumes that responsibility and lays a purpose for allowing them to remain. We see in this the melding of the free will of man versus the sovereignty of God. Men are responsible to do right before God. Their disobedience, however, in no way foils the plan of God. He has seen it from the beginning and even incorporated it into his good plan.

 

There are three purposes either stated or implied for leaving these Canaanites in the Promised Land:

To teach Israel
If Israel had no enemy she would forget how to fight. If Israel lost the skills of combat an enemy would surely rise up and take her. It is necessary that a civilized and godly people have a “well regulated militia”.

To prove Israel
An unproven people are an unsure people. No one, including themselves, has any idea what they are or are not capable of, what they do or do not believe who they will or will not follow.

The chasten Israel
When the children of Israel turned from God, He turned their enemies against them. God allowed that enemy to have its way with Israel until she returned to the Lord.

 

 

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Judges 3:1-4 (KJV) Why My Enemies?

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1 Peter 4:1 The Armed Mind

1 Peter 4:1 (KJV)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

 

To arm oneself is to take up an offensive weapon. They may be used defensively but they are offensive in nature.

  • To put on a helmet is not to be armed
  • To put on a breastplate is not the same as being armed
  • To pick up a shield is not the same as being armed

Arming oneself would be picking up a spear a sword or a bow; in our day it would be a pistol, a shotgun or a rifle.

 

Peter says to arm ourselves with the same mind as Christ when He suffered for us in the flesh. This took me to Ephesians six and what is the only offensive weapon in the whole armor of God, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The surest way to protest ourselves from the suffering of the flesh is to attack it with God’s Word. This is not to attack the one who inflicts the suffering upon us, Christ did not do that, but to apply the Word of God to our minds that we would be strengthened to bear it and have a clarity to know our path in the midst of it.

 

If we suffer for Christ we do so for the sake of others.

 

 

 

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1 Peter 4:1 The Armed Mind

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James 5:10 The Prophets’ Suffering

James 5:10 (KJV)

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

 

The Bible points us to the prophets and lifts them as an example, not for preachers alone, but for all believers.

Our example of Christian living is not:

  • David’s influence
  • Solomon’s glory
  • Abraham’s wealth

as our example. We are told to take for our example the prophets’ suffering.

 

Not every Christian is called to suffer affliction but every Christian should follow the example of these sufferers.

 

Patience is a virtue all Christians do best to have and practice.

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James 5:10 The Prophets’ Suffering

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Expect God’s Deliverance

2 Timothy 3:10-11 KJV
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

 

Paul, sitting in a prison cell, rehearses to Timothy the places he experienced persecution and afflictions:

  • Antioch
  • Iconium
  • Lystra

 

Timothy was fully aware of all that Paul had endured and how he had endured them. Paul’s interest here was to testify that the Lord had delivered him; not from some or even most of those persecutions. Paul said the Lord had delivered him out of all of them.

 

The obvious message for Timothy and for you and me is that the Lord will do the same for you and for me.

  • We will endure persecutions
  • We will experience afflictions
  • We will experience these things in multiple places
  • We may even experience death as a matter of our faith

 

But we may expect the Lord’s deliverance out of all of them.

  • There may be deliverance from the persecution and affliction
  • There may be deliverance through the persecution and affliction
  • There will always be deliverance as death translates us to eternal heaven.

 

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Persecution, Deliverance

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