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Our Journey – Week 14

Come join Our Journeyus to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him! 

Week 14 – Judges

Date

April Reading b
April 1 Judges 6-7  
April 2 Judges 8-10  
April 3 Judges 11-14  
April 4 Judges 15-18  
April 5 Judges 19-21  
April 6 Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

 This week we begin walk through Judges! This book of the Bible is about heroes – 12 men and women who delivered Israel from its oppressors. Judges shares battles, sin and its consequences over 325 years. What “spoke” most to you this week?

In short – I feel as though Judges can teach us that fellowship & staying in the Word is very important. There are so many examples here of Israelites leading wrong lives, straying from God, getting involved in idol worshipping, … . It is sad to see how long they’ve gone through tribulations, and then cry out to God for all help, sad to see how they continuously turned away from God, and cry out to Him for more help. God is merciful so many times with the Israelites, even though the Israelites cried out for the wrong reasons most of the time. It is amazing and wonderful to see that just as God sent help to the Israelites, He will deliver us when we call on Him. I pray – we call on Him for the right reasons, in helping us to turn away (COMPLETELY) from the way the world lives, turn away from flesh desires. We need to make sure we’re staying in His Word, sharing and teaching it to not only our children, but also LIVING it!

Some Scriptures that spoke to me…  

2:10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what He had done for Israel.

2:14,15 In His anger against Israel the LORD handed them over to raiders who plundered them. He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. 15Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them to defeat them, just as He hd sworn to them. They were in great distress.

2:16 Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders.

5:2 “When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves – praise the LORD!

6:37-39 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I willknow that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew – a bowlful of water.
    39Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece. This time make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew.”

10:13,14 But you have forsaken Me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. 14Go and cry to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!”

10:16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD. And He could bear Israel’s misery no longer.

11:30,31 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, 31whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the LORD’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”

19:30 … Think about it! Consider it! Tell us what to do!”

Oh, how I could go on and on… I am SO enjoying walking through the Bible this year! It’s an exciting journey to attend! Thank You, Father, for giving us this Book.

The Judges of Israel

Judge

Years of Judging

Memorable Acts

Reference

OTHNIEL

40

He captured a powerful Canaanite city

3:7-11

EHUD

80

He killed Eglon and defeated the Moabites. He was a lone hero from the tribe of Benjamin.

3:12-30

SHAMGAR

unrecorded

He killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad

3:31

DEBORAH (w/Barak)

40

She defeated Sisera and the Canaanites and later sang a victory song with Barak. Deborah was from one of the Joseph tribes, Ephraim, west of the Jordan.

4; 5

GIDEON

40

He destroyed his family idols, used a fleece to determine God’s will, raised an army of 10,000, and defeated 135,000 Midianites with 300 soldiers

6-8

TOLA

23

He judged Israel for 23 years

10:1,2

JAIR

22

He had 30 sons

10:3-5

JEPHTHAH

6

He made a rash vow, defeated the Ammonites, and later battled jealous Ephraim. Jephthah was a social outcast from the Joseph tribe, Manasseah, east of the Jordan.

10-6 – 12:7

IBZAN

7

He had 30 sons and 30 daughters

12:8-10

ELON

10

Unrecorded

12:11,12

ABDON

8

He had 40 sons and 30 grandsons, each of whom had his own donkey

12:13-15

SAMSON

20

He was a Nazirite from the tribe of Dan, killed a lion with his bare hands, burned the Philistine wheat fields, killed 1,000 Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone, tore off an iron gate, was betrayed by Dililah, and destroyed thousands of Philistines in one last might act

13 – 16

Information in table taken from the Life Application NIV Bible & the NIV Study Bible

Notes from The Life Application NIV Bible share regarding 1:21 Tribe after tribe failed to drive the Canaanites from their land. Why didn’t they follow through and completely obey God’s commands? (1) They had been fighting for a long time and were tired. Although the goal was in sight, they lacked the discipline and energy to reach it. (2) They were afraid the enemy was too strong – the iron chariots seemed invincible. (3) After Joshua’s death, power and authority were decentralized to the tribal leaders, and the tribes were no longer unified in purpose. (4) Spiritual decay had infected them from within. They thought they could handle the temptation and be more prosperous by doing business with the Canaanites.
     We, too, often choose to tolerate sin rather than drive it from our lives. We may know what to do but just don’t follow through. This results in a gradual deterioration of our relationship with God. In our battles, we may grow tired and want rest, but we need more than a break from our work. We need to know that God loves us and has given us a purpose for life. Victory comes from living according to His purpose, willing to fully obey Him.

As I stated above, we need to be sure to STAY in God’s Word, share it, and practice it. Omit all sin – from around us. Omit all temptations too!

2:10  Why did the generations, the children, the Israelites not know the LORD? Why were they not taught all He had done for their forefathers? The Israelites were instructed many times to share His Word.

6:37-39 Was Gideon testing God, or was he simply asking God for more encouragement? In either case, though his motive was fright (to obey God and defeat the enemy), his method was less than ideal. Gideon seems to have known that his requests might displease God (6:39), and yet he demanded two miracles (6:37, 39) even after witnessing the miraculous fire from the rock (6:21). It is true that to make good decisions, we need facts. Gideon had all the facts, but still he hesitated. He delayed obeying God because he wanted even more proof.
      Demanding extra signs was an indication of unbelief. Fear often makes us wait for more confirmation when we should be taking action. Visible signs are unnecessary if they only confirm what we already know is true.
     Today the greatest means of God’s guidance is His Word, the Bible. Unlike Gideon, we have God’s complete, revealed Word. If you want to have more of God’s guidance, don’t ask for signs; study the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16,17).

11:30,31 In God’s law, a vow was a promise to God that should not broken (Numbers 30:1,2; Deuteronomy 23:21-23). It carried as much force as a written contract. Many people mad evows in Biblical times. Some, like Jephthah’s, were very foolish.
     When Jephthah made his vow, did he stop to consider that a person, not a sheep or goat, might come out to meet him? …
     So – did he or did he not sacrifice his daughter? Some think he did, because his vow was to make a burnt offering. Some think he did not, and they offer several reasons: (1) If the girl was to die, she would not have spent her last two months in the hills. (2) God would not have honored a vow based on a wicked practice. (3) Verse 39 says that she never married, not that she died, implying that she was set apart for service to God, not killed.
 
     Either way – NIV has v.39 saying that Jephthah “did to her as he had vowed.” So… if she died or was “gone” to serve the LORD… he lost his daughter over making a foolish vow. We need to be careful in what we say and do – our actions speak volumes. We need to be careful what we say – Eccl 5:2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.

19:30 Whenever we get away from God and His Word, all sorts of evil can follow. Our drifting away from God may be slow and almost imperceptible, with the ultimate results affecting a future generation. We must continually call our nation back to God and work toward the establishment of God’s moral and spiritual reign in the heart of every person.
     Just these words – “Think about it!” REALLY – are you taking the time to THINK about God’s Word? What does it mean to you, today? How does it apply to you, today?

Heavenly Father,
I come to You, thankful for Your Word, Your guidance. Thankful for discernment and help into learning from this content! I ask for Your continued guidance, discernment, and mercy – show us what it is You want us to learn from this reading. I lift up each family to You, Father; asking that we may never forget what You’ve done; asking that may we learn from the examples given of the Israelites to stay in Your Fellowship & Word.
I pray & ask these things in Your Son’s Name, amen.

Until next time… I pray you continue to enjoy your journey through the Word! God Bless, HL

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One Response

  1. Remember back in Deuteronomy… God let the Israelites know that He would deliver the nations over to them; to not fear. But as we can see in from Deuteronomy through Judges… they did not listen.

    Check out this post regarding the very Scripture I’m talking about from Karen! http://surviving-motherhood.blogspot.com/2008/03/he-will-deliver.html Take time today to Thank Him for helping you through your tribulations… little by little.

    God Bless, HL

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