LIVING OBJECT LESSONS.
It was very well taught by Moses and Joshua .. that FAITH in JEHOVAH as the ONLY TRUE GOD, was the ONLY WAY to Victory and Well Being. God had to raise up living Object Lessons to remind them of this.
But the people responded so far as to serve their own selfish ways.
They only wanted temporary relief itead of a permanent fix, ie .. The saving of their necks from Bondage at the moment!
They did not love God for His pains taking patience, and for them God was a convenient help in a time of extremity.
And when a victory was won they soon returned to their own way of undisiplined living, neglected the book of the Covanent .. and turned quickly out of the way to endulge in evil forbidden, practices of Caanan.
GOD’S COMPASSION FOR HIS PEOPLE.
From time to time out of sheer pity for
His humiliated people God raised up Judges to deliver them ..
Israel had to learn to return to the LORD THEIR GOD .. their TRUE GOD .. their FIRST LOVE and put their STEADFAST FAITH in this GOD.
They were sent to reveal to lsrael the cause and results of going their own way, and why they had failed.
Mainly … COMPROMISE!
How did it begin? In the opening chapters we are told that now the nine and a half tribes that had settled in Canaan .. did not drive out the Canaanites .. as God commanded!
The other two and a half tribes sadly chose to settle in Gilead .. on the Eastern side of the Jordan River.This happened six times in the book of Judges where the Canaanites were mixing with God’people.
Compromise had to happen!
How much influence does your unsaved friends have on you?
You need to read .. mark .. learn and inwardly digest, these experiences of Israel, and learn that sin though pleasant at first, “never” finishes that way!
Sin brings failure upon yourself and upon your family. You must repent and change your ways! It is never too late!
God is your Father and you are meant to obey Him for your own good!
You are to Serve the Living Lord.
“WATCH AND PRAY!
SO YOU WILL NOT ENTER INTO TEMPTATION.”
There are so-called Christians who are stooping to the lowest behaviour, yet have the appearance of being Super Spiritual. They are fakes! Choose your friends wisely.
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT BE YOUR GUIDE ..
AND THE WORD OF GOD BE YOUR STANDARD.
GOD GIVES US MANY PRIVILEGES
BUT NEVER THE PRIVILEGE
Let us pause for a moment and think about your friendship with those who are not saved. What is your relationship like? Do you have to compromise your standards to fit in.
Do you miss attending church? How about your language? Your appearance? Your Christian standards of morality? You cannot have one foot in Christianity and the other foot in the world. It does not work!
Joshua said to Israel ..”Choose you this day who you will serve, as for me and my house ..
We will serve the Lord.”