April 30

Judges 20:24-48Luke 2:1-20

Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:

While it is overlooked in most commentaries, the term inheritance (Heb nachalah) seems to be crucial to the understanding of the appendices [chapters 17-21]. In the first section, the Danites gave up their inheritance and by ungodly means took another. In this account, the Benjamites nearly lost their inheritance at the hands of their own brothers. The recurring theme, then, in the book of Judges has to do with Israel’s inheritance, which she is in danger of losing because of her violation of God’s law. In the law of Moses, the inheritance was apportioned by God Himself and then determined by lot under the leadership of Joshua. However, after the total victory under Joshua, Israel had now fallen into spiritual decline and was, therefore, in danger of losing her inheritance. The theological concept underlying the proper understanding of the book of Judges is that the land belonged to Jehovah and that He had the right to apportion it to the people as He chose. The subsequent invasion of Israel’s enemies, the resulting oppressions, and the threatened annihilation which culminated in the activities of the Philistines, were also God’s means of challenging Israel’s inheritance. Just because He had given her the land did not mean that she had an unconditional right to its blessings if she chose to live in rebellion to His laws. (Jerry Falwell, exec. ed., Edward E. Hinson and Michael Kroll Woodrow, gen. eds, KJV Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1994)

 

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