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Summary: “God never allows His people to sin successfully!” you will reap what you sow

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

4 Aug 2013

Judges 2:20-3:11

The Period addressed/book/Judges/period of time defined by lawlessness, rebellion/moral failure among/people/Israel.

Whole attitude of Israel/time/judges can be summed up in the words of Judges 17:6; 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

That’s a pretty good description of our world as well!

• God had redeemed Israel from Egyptian bondage.

• He led them for forty years through a wilderness.

• He brought them safely/land/Canaan

• promised to defeat all their enemies

• If only they would walk with Him in holiness.

God commanded them to enter Canaan/conquer it, Deut. 7:1-6.

Commandments/ those verses/crystal clear/They were to:

• v. 1 Possess the land

• v. 2 Utterly destroy all the nations of Canaan

• v. 2 Make no peace treaties with them

• v. 2 Show them no mercy

• v. 3 Refuse to intermarry with them

• v. 5 Completely destroy every trace of their pagan religions

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The reason they were commanded to do this:

• Israel was/different from all/people around them

• Had been chosen by God.

• He had saved them, blessed them

• Promised them victory, if they would walk with Him.

God demanded total separation among His people.

God knew if Israel allowed themselves/entangled/Canaanites

• they would become corrupt spiritually

• Be drawn away from God, Deut. 7:4.

When that happened, God promised He would visit them suddenly, in His wrath.

Israel had their instructions/failed/carry out/Lord’s command.

• After a while, they became like their enemies

• Adopting/wicked ways/various Canaanite tribes around them.

• Israel began to worship the false gods/Canaanites.

• When they followed this downward path

• God allowed them to know His displeasure/His judgment.

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Israel would follow a Judge until/Judge died, then they would revert to their wicked ways and the cycle would begin again.

This continued/Israel 400 years until they got their first king.

• The book of Judges is profitable for us today.

In its pages, we see that Israel faced many of the same problems that we face in our world today.

• They faced physical enemies; so do we.

• They faced problems from the world

• The flesh and the devil; so do we.

Few Sundays/bring a series of messages I am entitling Losers, Laymen and Leaders.

• Some Lessons From The Lives Of Israel’s Judges.

• God is no longer looking for judges

• He is looking for leaders.

Men/women who can stem the tide of evil that threatens to overtake the church in these dark days.

He is looking for people:

• Who will rise up, taking their stand/God/Bible.

• He can use to change the world for the glory of God.

• People He is looking/sitting in these pews today!

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