15. The Judges – Slipping from the Promises

Objectives

To understand:

  • The deteriorating cycle of sin and restoration in Israel and the church today
  • The secrets of recovery and victorious living

The Repeating Cycle

Israel’s Downfall

  • Failure to receive/ pass on God’s word
  • Foolishness to covenant with “Trojan horses”
  • Faithlessness of leaders/judges
  • Falling away from God

Failure to Pass on/ Receive God’s Word

God’s command through Moses

Deuteronomy 6:6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Failure to Pass on/ Receive God’s Word

God’s command through:

  • Abraham (Gen. 18:19)  For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his childrenand his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just…
  • Paul (Eph. 6:4).  Fathers,do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
  • Jesus charged the parents and his disciples, to bring the little children to him (Luke 18:15-17).

Failure to Pass on/ Receive God’s Word

  • Judges 2:8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died… of Mount Gaash.
  • Judges 2:10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel”

Failure to Pass on/ Receive God’s Word

Results in:

  • God turning away from them and becoming not a helper but an enemy (2:11-15).
  • Loving the world and the things in the world (1 John 2:14-17).

Foolishness to Covenant with “Trojan Horses”

Foolishness to Covenant with “Trojan Horses”

Joshua’s mistake of allowing the Gibeonites repeated itself.

  • The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokimand said,

“I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you,2 and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? 3 And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’” – judges 2:1-4

Foolishness to Covenant with “Trojan Horses”

  • What are the trojan horses:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td1uPq9K–E

  • In our country
  • In our churches
  • In our lives?
  • How do we deal with them?

Faithlessness of Leaders/Judges

The cycle of sin continues though God raises Caleb’s brother, Ehud:

  • Faith of leaders’ deteriorate
  • Barak does not have courage
  • Gideon requires a fleece
  • Jepthah sacrifices his daughter
  • Samson yields to carnality

Falling away from God

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 21:25

Discussion

Which of the following is the most dangerous in your view?

  • Failure to receive/ pass on God’s word
  • Foolishness to covenant with “Trojan horses”
  • Faithlessness of Leaders/Judges
  • Falling away from God

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