March 22, 2006
Read Judges 1
The Israelites were chosen by the One True God to reveal Him to the heathen nations and to glorify Him by being obedient to His Word. The first few verses of Judges give us a sense of high hope for the total conquest of the land as begun by Joshua:
The Israelites who were living at the time of Joshua's death recognized that God was their Captain and King and that He had given them victory over the Canaanites. But a new era in the history of the 12 tribes began soon after the death of Joshua.
The Lord's command to complete the conquest of
The Israelites chose to do what they thought was more "humanitarian" and created peaceful coexistence with the enemies of God. Perhaps they argued: "How could a God of love destroy 'innocent' people? This, of course, is human reasoning. The concept of innocence disappears when we see sin for what it really is and that false gods are robbing God of love and worship and are deceiving people so that they will be eternally lost. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).
1:15 nether = lower; 1:23 descry = spy out, keep a watch; 2:5 Bochim = Weepers.
As the Angel of the LORD (Judges 2:1,4). The Angel of the LORD is understood to be the Lord Jesus Himself preincarnate, for He speaks as God Himself (I made you . . . I sware . . . I said . . . I will). Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am (John 8:58).
Pray for The International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in memory of Pauline Trawick · Government Officials: Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) and Rep. Pete Sessions (TX) · Country: Mozambique (19 million) on the eastern coast of Africa · Major language: Portuguese · Religious freedom · 40% worship of false gods, ancestral spirits, and some witchcraft; 23% Roman Catholic; 14% Protestant; 13% Muslim · Prayer Suggestion: Pray daily to your Father in Heaven (Daniel 6:10).
Memory Verse for the Week: Joshua 22:5