Judges 17:13 Fact Is

Judges 17:13 (KJV)
Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

Religious people are prone to be superstitious people. We who are saved must be careful not to fall into the traps of religion and superstition. 

A pastor I listen to these days likes to remind people to “question the assumptions.” One of those so easily bought into is that God does good or bad based on a person’s own deeds of do. The fact is, God does us good because of Jesus. He has done us good in Jesus while we were yet sinners. 

When we place saving faith in Christ, we simply accept the good God did for us.

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Judges 11:13-15 The Battle is Spiritual

Judges 11:13-15 (KJV)
And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably.
And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon:
And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:

The reason why there is conflict in the Middle East, and the reason why negotiations have been unsuccessful, is because neither the contestants nor the negotiators understand the underlying problem. Even modern Israel is clueless as to why they fight. 

The king of Ammon said the reason he came against Israel is because Israel took their land. Jephthah replied that they had not. He went on to remind them of the history of the land. How that Israel was willing to walk around that land, but the stubbornness of Ammon resulted in war and God gave Israel the victory. 

The people of the Middle East fight over land but the battle is over the sovereignty of God in the affairs of man. It is a spiritual war between the prince of this world, Satan and the King of Kings, Jesus. 

The land of Ammon isn’t even in the Promised Land. That reminds me that this spiritual battle involves much more than the Promised Land, much more than Israel and much more than the Palestinians. This battle over the sovereign reign of God is key to all the we face:

  • Nationally 
  • Family and
  • Ecclesiastically

Every conflict in the home, regardless of what we might believe is the problem, is at its heart a battle to let God rule. 

Every trouble in a church, no matter what people might claim is the problem, is at its root a battle whether Jesus is Lord. 

If we would identify the real reason we are fighting we might more readily come to a resolution. 

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Judges 10:2 Stay Faithful to the LORD

Judges 10:2 (KJV)
And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.

Judges 10:1-5 cover the reigns of Tola and Jair. Between them, they judged Israel 45 years and all the Word of God says is that they did it and then died. 

  • No great feats
  • No huge miracles
  • No major conquests even
  • No serious blunders

Just they judged and then they died. 

Verse six is where I think we learn the most about these two men. 

Judges 10:6 (KJV)
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him. 

It was after they died that Israel fell back into apostasy. Tola and Jair were not flashyfancy or hugely fruitful, but they did keep Israel faithful

Perhaps the greatest thing that we can do is not what people would write about us. Perhaps the greatest thing we can do in life is not that which makes the books. Perhaps the greatest thing we can do is simply help a generation stay faithful to the Lord. 

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Judges 6:13 Look Up

Judges 6:13 (KJV)
And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

People have never really changed, have we?

Gideon has the angel of the Lord Himself tell him that God is with him. But all he could do is complain about the circumstances. 

  • If the LORD be with us why are we suffering?
  • If the LORD be with us, where are God’s miracles?
  • If the LORD be with us why has He forsaken us?
  • If the LORD be with us who brought in this enemy?

Mind you, it is the angel of the LORD he is complaining to. 

We fail to comprehend what it means to be in the presence of the Lord and what His blessing is. God is with His children for a promised outcome. Gideon was in a difficult time, but God was there to bring a future deliverance. 

  • It was through the disobedience of the people that trouble had come 
  • It was the people who had forsaken the LORD but 
  • It was God who would bring them out

The same is true today. The favor of God is to be a part of the future deliverance. 

Look up.

Look forward.

Look to God. 

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Judges 5:31 Let All Thine Enemies Perish, O LORD

Judges 5:31 (KJV)
So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

The account of Deborah, Barak and Jael is one filled with opportunities to allow preconceived ideas to cloud the message. 

There is a woman judging the people
God’s Word says nothing against this. All appearances tell us that this is of the Lord. We have to stretch the passage pretty hard to get anything else from it. 

There was a man afraid to lead
It was of God for Deborah to judge. But she rebuked Barak for not leading the battle alone. 

There is a gory praise of Sisera’s death
The praise concerns the enemies of God, not the enemies of men. 

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Judges 2:7 God Gave A Deliverer

Judges 2:7 (KJV)
And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.

Here begins what I generally think of as the theme of the book of Judges. It is interesting that Israel followed the Lord as long as Joshua and his generation were alive. 

  • These are the people who crossed the Jordan River. 
  • These are the people who battled to receive God’s promise. 
  • These are also the people who grew up watching their parents waste away in the wilderness. These are the people who heard Moses rehearse the hand of God upon them before he died.  

They had a true interest in following God. They were occupied with hard work, that of taking the land. Perhaps they were gone from the children too long while serving the Lord. Somehow, they failed to pass their faith on to the next generation. The next generation, the very next generation, knew not the Lord. 

I want to try to correct the problem for them. I want to fix whatever they did wrong, so their children do know the Lord. I’ve seen firsthand the damage done when a child of God pours so much into the work of God, that his children are neglected. I’ve seen it where a man of God works so hard to help others know the Lord, he forgets to help his children to know Him too. The balance of working to reach others, provide for your family and still have a family is a tough one to work out. Sometimes, maybe too often, we fail. 

Here’s the good news. Though it looks like a whole generation knew not the Lord, God raised up a deliverer. In fact, He did it again and again. 

It seems to me like we are about to lose a generation. The direction things are going, even in churches, can be disheartening. Here’s the thing, if our world really did lose a whole generation of Christ honoring, God loving, Bible following children of God,[1] God is able to raise them up anew. 

My job is to raise my kids in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, live for God, believe His promises, and trust Him to raise up the next generation to do the same. 


[1] I don’t believe it will happen. There will always be an Othniel to step up at God’s call.

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Judges 1:15 Give Me A Blessing – Again

Judges 1:15 (KJV)
And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.

This passage is repeated from Joshua chapter fifteen and was the focus of my visit with God in October 4, 2019. My purpose in my visit with God today is not so much to find out the scholars’ conjectures why it would be repeated so precisely. I want to focus again on the blessing of the text. 

Achsah wanted, needed, a blessing from her father. I notice she had no hesitation, no reservation about asking. She and her husband had been given a property, but they needed water to make it prosper. She asked and she received the necessary thing. Not only once but in the form of two springs. 

God has been so good to us. We have salvation. We have the Word of God. We have a place to worship. But we live in a dry ground. The heat of worldliness beats down upon it and bakes the heart hardened to the things of God. 

  • We need living water. 
  • We need God’s blessing. 
  • We need the help of the Holy Ghost. 

And He promises to quickly give it. 

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Judges 21:25 We Need Law

Judges 21:25 (KJV) In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. The story begins in Judges 19:1 with words just like this. There is nothing good that happens when people do what is right in their own eyes. Even those few times the children of Israel did reference God it was a twisted and misunderstood view of God and His will. This lesson is simply the importance of good, organized government.
  • We need law
  • We need justice and
  • We need a means of enforcement
Without these men are always reduced to doing what is right in their own eyes. And what they do will generally be wrong in the eyes of everyone else, most especially God.   To my readers: I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

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Judges 18:7 The Principle of Strength

Judges 18:7 (KJV)
Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt careless, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any man.

I have, in my mind, any of those many stories of old west towns that were beset with a strong evil company and no moral force for Good. In some cases there was no elected peacekeeper. In some cases, even if they had a lawman, he had no support, no backing from the townsfolk. Lawless men ran roughshod because the good people of the city were too afraid to stand up to them.

The principle can apply to a country
Weak leadership, with no backbone to stand up for the principles of the country and no willingness to support a strong military, only asks for unrest with other nations.

It can also apply to a home
With no means of protection wicked men will take advantage of the opportunity.

In the earliest days of the American colonies, townspeople would form a “committee of safety.” Those on the committee volunteered to train and to assemble when their community was threatened. In several cases those very committees formed the earliest regiments in our War for Independence.

They say that, during WWII, one reason Japan never attempted an invasion into the United States is because they believed every American was armed and willing to fight. Whether the story is true or not the application is. Lawlessness always exists but it can only thrive when a people trust their security to someone other than themselves.

The principle has a prophetic application in that the Bible teaches it is when people say peace and safety then sudden destruction. A spiritually prepared people are the only ones who have no reason to fear the future.

 

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Judges 15:1-3 God Will Not Fail

Judges 15:1-3 (KJV)
But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in.
And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.
And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.

Within the pages of the book of Judges are a number of events, which can only be explained when we remember every man was doing what was right in his own eyes.

Samson was used of God to deliver Israel but nobody should argue that Samson was a man after God’s heart. He was, best case scenario, an example of God using that which is not good and by it producing a good outcome.

It is comforting:
That God did not create in Samson a machine like obedience to Him.
Samson was a man of like passions as any of us. God did not pull his strings as if he were a puppet. God let Samson be Samson and used Samson despite himself.

That God could and would use Samson despite himself.
Samson was just about as far away from God as he could have been. But Samson was God’s man to deliver Israel from the Philistines. God accomplished His plan despite the worldliness of Samson.

We should not see this as permission to be worldly, wicked or away from God. Samson paid a terrible price for his free will. But we can take from this the encouragement that, even when we fail in our desire to be holy, God will not fail in accomplishing His best through us.

 

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