Summary: “God never allows His people to sin successfully!” you will reap what you sow
Pastor Allan Kircher
Shell Point Baptist Church
4 Aug 2013
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
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.
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!