The heart of the Problem
We all struggle with sin and its consequences, but the Bible has lessons for us from the Book of Judges. Let us learn them as we study this book of Bible
Book of Judges
The book of Judges covers the period of time between the death of Joshua and the first king of Israel.
- The dark Ages of Israel’s history.
- The Cycle of Sin – Repeats 7 times in the book of Judges;Covers around 400 years of Israel’s History.
- Judges in the book – Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah/Barak, Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, Samson
- Author- Possibly Prophet Samuel
- When the book of Judges begins, we find the Canaanites still controlling some of the land.
The Sin Cycle:
- Israel began worshiping idols.
- God punished them by allowing one of the neighboring nations to bring them into bondage.
- The people prayed to God for deliverance.
- God sent a judge to free them from their enemies.
- Israel remained faithful to God until the death of the judge. Again the cycle repeated.
The Problem –
Judges 2:11 “Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals.”
1 John 3:4 – Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
How did it start?
The defeat of Adoni-Bezek- Failure to follow God’s way
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who will be the first to go up and fight for us against the Canaanites?” 2 The LORD answered, “Judah is to go; I have given the land into their hands.” 3 Then the men of Judah said to the Simeonites their brothers, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them. 4 When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek. 5 It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites. 6 Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes. 7 Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there. 8 The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire. 9 After that, the men of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev and the western foothills.
Judah and Iron Chariots- Failure to trust God 100%
19 The LORD was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had iron chariots.
Deuteronomy7:17-You may say to yourselves, “These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?”18But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt. 19You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the Lord your God brought you out. The Lord your God will do the same to all the peoples you now fear. 20Moreover, the Lord your God will send the hornet among them until even the survivors who hide from you have perished. 21Do not be terrified by them, for the Lordyour God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God. 22The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you. 23But the Lord your God will deliver them over to you, throwing them into great confusion until they are destroyed. 24He will give their kings into your hand, and you will wipe out their names from under heaven. No one will be able to stand up against you; you will destroy them.
Enemy in the camp – Failure to drive the enemies completely.
V21The Benjamites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites.
V27 Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land.
V28When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely.
So did Ephraim, Zebulun, Asherites, Naphtalites drive the enemies
1. The only way to prevent this from happening is for every generation to teach their children well (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
2. Trusting God and acknowledging his strength which can drive out our enemies as we depend on him.
3. Acknowledging the seriousness of sin and the dangers waiting as we camp Sin in our lives.
Verse to Ponder:
1 Corinthians 10:12 so, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!