Blogging the Bible- May 25

Judges 4-6; Psalm 69:19-36

How many times does it take to learn a lesson? How often do you have to get in trouble doing the same thing before realizing that what you’ve been doing isn’t good for you?

Time and again Israel’s judge dies and then Israel goes right back to worshiping other gods. Now the part we don’t fully get to see is the geography of the situation. Was it the nation as a whole or were there just pockets of people who started following other gods? This clan or that clan. When they run off their enemies, it isn’t the whole army, but seemingly local militia that rise up under a judge to run off the oppressor.

At one point they were faced with an enemy who had 900 iron chariots. I don’t know much about ancient warfare, but that seems like a formidable force.They gather 10,000 men to go against such army and defeat them all, in fact their leader dies at the hand of a woman who puts a tent peg through his temple.

If these things don’t point to God being with you, I don’t know what would, and if God is for you why would you ever leave Him.

But they do, and Gideon finds himself threshing wheat in a winepress. Not an ideal location for threshing, but certainly ideal for keeping your crop from being taken by the enemy. God makes house call to tell Gideon that he has been chosen to deliver His people from the Midianites.

Maybe if Gideon had the words of David he would have felt better.

Rescue me by your saving power. The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help live in joy. For God will save Jerusalem and rebuild the towns of Judah.

God always works for the good of His people. We may not see it in the day to day, but as we look back we can see how God has been preparing us for right where we are.

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~ by mikefoster on May 25, 2016.

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