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Click here for today’s reading: Judges 1, 2, 3; 1 Corinthians 12
Here is my SOAP for today, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Judges is the tragic sequel to Joshua… most likely written by Samuel the prophet, spans 350 years of Israel’s history. (1398 BC to 1043 BC.) source: gty.org
Judges 1:22 “Now the tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel, and the Lord was with them… But Manasseh did not drive out the people… 29 “Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer… Neither did Zebulun… Nor did Asher… Neither did Naphtali…”
Judges 2:10-12 “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors [died], another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them.”
16 “Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. 17 Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands.”
Judges 3:5 “The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 6 They took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.”
7 “The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.”
9 “But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer…”
30 “That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years. 31 “After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.”
1 Corinthians 12:7 “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
21 “The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
26 “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it…”
29 “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?” [The rhetorical answer would be, “No.”]
All Israel had to do was follow the Lord and trust in Him to deliver all their enemies into their hands. A whole generation was raised up that didn’t know the Lord? How is that possible??
Everyone in the body of Christ is important.
Note to self: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
This is my prayer, a reminder: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6