Summary: PROPOSITION: To motivate the hearer to seek a revelation or vision from God for their lives which will cause them to abandon sin and allow God to sanctify their hearts.
I. THE SCRIPTURE EMPHASIZES THE NECESSITY OF HAVING AN ONGOING REVELATION AND VISION CONCERNING GOD v.7,10
7. So the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.
10. When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation [no vision], the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.
Application: What have you challenged God to do in your life. What are you challenging Him to do right now. If you only live in what you can do for yourself, you are in danger of losing the revelation of who God is and of what He can do – you are also in danger of losing your spiritual edge. God’s desire is to give His children dreams and visions that are far greater than they are:
Joel 2:28 "And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
II. THE SCRIPTURE IDENTIFIES THE NATURAL CONSEQUENCE OF SINNING AGAINST GOD v.11-15
Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals; 12. and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger. 13. They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. 14. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. 15. Wherever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed.
Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
Hebrews 10:28-31 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30. For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people." 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
III. THE SCRIPTURE AMPLIFIES THE NEVER ENDING COMPASSION OF GOD TOWARD SINNERS WHO REPENT v.18
And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them.