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Click here for today’s reading: Judges 6, 7, Psalm 52, 1 Corinthians 14
Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, March 29, 2018
Judges 6:14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
Judges 7 started with 32,000 warriors… 22,000 left… leaving 10,000… then, to only 300 men…
21 “…all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.”
22 “When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.”
Psalm 52:8-9 “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. 9 For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”
1 Corinthians 14:3 “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening,
encouraging and comfort.”
18 “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.”
34 “Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”
A trumpet (an “instrument” of war! Remember Jericho?), a torch and bowl.
Regarding 1 Corinthians 14… “As the LAW says…” Funny how Paul quotes the law when it fits what he wants to say… One minute he says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28, then he quotes the law, forbidding a woman to even ask a question in church, saying it is “disgraceful” for a woman to speak in church? I’m sorry, but this makes NO sense to me. People like to say Paul is writing to a specific group of people who were dealing with specific issues, but this is a very broad statement… This feels more culturally driven than theologically sound. As Paul would say, “I, not the Lord…” making it more of a matter of opinion than doctrine, but over time, Paul’s opinion became doctrine…
God’s strategy… It’s not about the size of your army or what you are armed with… It’s about obedience and faith and trusting God to do what he says.
Lord help me to always seek YOUR strategy and trust you in the battle.