Day 47 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 1 to 5
GET OFF THE 🎡 [Judges 1-6]
Judges tells the grim story of what happens if we are not ruthless in putting to death the deeds of the flesh, and think small sins are ok.
The Israelites could not/did not conquer all the people they were supposed to.Then when God warned them of the consequences, the people cried & sacrificed to the Lord, BUT, we don’t read that they acknowledged their wrong-doing and desired to be put right with God.
Outward sorrow, without true inner repentance does not lead to permanent change or permanent peace. The result was that Israel seemed to be on a giant Ferris wheel where they followed the cycle:
🎡 Amnesia –forget God [Jdg 3:7]
🎡 Bondage [Jdg 3:8]
🎡 Cry for help [Jdg 3:9a]
🎡 Delivered by God [Jdg 3:9b]
🎡 Ease /Rest [Jdg 3:11]
The Moabite king, Eglon, came and took over Jericho [the city of palm trees]. The site of their first victory was overrun with enemies. [Jdg 3:13]
Because the Israelites did not worship Jehovah with whole-hearted devotion, they ended up toiling for 18 yrs serving/worshipping Eglon & co. [Eglon = calf-like] In the wilderness Israel used their gold to make & worship the Golden Calf. Now, they were slaving to feed & fatten Eglon & co. [Jdg 3:17 & 29 tell us that Eglon & the Moabite army were fat.]
Then God raised up Ehud. [Ehud = united] While the Israelites had divided hearts, Ehud’s heart was wholly for the Lord. He dealt with Eglon with a double-edged sword. [Jdg 3:19-23]
In this little episode we see the larger story of humanity. God created the earth and all that is in it for Man to enjoy, so that with hearts overflowing with love & joy we would serve Him. But, we foolishly worship the Baals of wealth, sex, power, health etc… thinking that through them we will gain a sense of well-being. These Baals promise much but only end up crushing us by their unceasing demands for ”minchah”/tribute.
🌟 At Christmas time we celebrate the fact that God heard the groaning of humanity and sent His own Son to be our Deliverer.
🌟 Jesus is the Truth, and from His mouth the Truth goes forth as a “double-edged sword” to cut through the lies of Pride, Selfishness, Rebellion that deceive us into worshipping the Baals. His Truth reveals the Baals that needs to be dethroned. The Holy Spirit empowers us to dethrone self & Baals AND enthrone Jesus as King.
🌟 And as Jesus takes over the government of our thoughts, emotions & deeds, we enjoy peace. God's promise to us: of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end. [Is 9:6-7] Why? Because in Christ we are made complete, so we can worship & serve God with undivided hearts.
🌟As we celebrate the Holy Night of our Saviour’s birth, let us remember that Jesus came to rescue us from the "Ferris Wheel" of sin, bondage & sorrow. Let us take HIS hand, stop going round in circles, and instead walk with HIM on solid ground. Let us fall to our knees, enthrone Him as our King and praise Him with all that is within us…
💥 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. [Rom 14:17]
Dear Saviour, I am tired of going round & round. You know the hidden depths of my heart. Lord, correct what needs to be corrected, cut away what needs to be cut away. I want to worship You alone, and walk with YOU alone, with an undivided heart for Your Glory. Amen.
I AM THE COVENANT
💫 The angel of the LORD went from Gilgal to Bochim and said to the Israelites,
You must not make any covenant with the people who live in this land
💫 But you have not done what I told you. You have done just the opposite!
⏳ When the angel had said this, all the people of Israel began to cry,
💫 As long as Joshua lived, the people of Israel served the LORD, and even after his death they continued to do so as long as the leaders were alive who had seen for themselves all the great things that the LORD had done for Israel.
⚖ That whole generation also died, and the next generation forgot the LORD and what he had done for Israel
🔥 Then the people of Israel sinned against the LORD and began to serve the Baals.
⏳ Israel was unfaithful to the LORD and worshiped other gods. Their fathers had obeyed the LORD's commands,
🌴 That day God gave the Israelites victory.
💫 The Song of Deborah
Praise the LORD! The Israelites were determined to fight; the people gladly volunteered.
🎼 Listen, you kings! Pay attention, you rulers! I will sing and play music to Israel's God, the LORD.
🌴 So may all your enemies die like that, O LORD, but may your friends shine like the rising sun!
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"