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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
"Living In The Times Of The Judges"
Message summary: Let us live under the realization that "the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him" (2 Chronicles 16:9). (A verse from yesterday's message.) Let us commit our hearts fully to Him this day and receive His strength and blessing as we live in these very challenging, increasingly lawless times. Today, let's strive to do what's right, not in our own eyes, but in the eyes of the Lord!
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"In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25).
The Babylon Bee is a satire site that often rather accurately describes conditions in our world today such as this recent headline, "American Christians Excited To Live Through The Book Of Judges Firsthand".
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live during such a period in history like that described in the Book of Judges? Well, during that or any other dark time, God most certainly had a people just as He does today all over the world who reside in a wide variety of living conditions, including the very catastrophic. This people group has been called the remnant, which is a recurring theme throughout the Bible. The Anchor Bible Dictionary describes it as "What is left of a community after it undergoes a catastrophe".
The gotquestions.org website explains: "A remnant is a left-over amount from a larger portion or piece, whether it is food, material from which a garment is fashioned, or even a group of people. Although remnants could be looked upon as worthless scraps, and many times are, God assigned high value to those of His people whom He had set aside for holy purposes, those He labels as “remnants” in several places in the Bible."
Where is our culture heading? We wonder when the perfect Judge of the universe will act in a dramatic way to judge evil as He has done so all throughout history? These are questions I consider when observing the moral apostasy evident throughout our land and the world.
The Book of Judges ends with the summary statement that describes the moral climate of Israel at that time as expressed in the daily text. "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes."
The first part of the verse describes the period as a time when "there was no king in Israel". As later history proved, having a king or leader in itself was not necessarily significant. Even when the nation had kings there were periods when the people earnestly followed and obeyed God. But there were also periods of spiritual decline and apostasy. However if we understand "king" in the sense of "moral authority" and under God's kingship this portion has enduring meaning.
The latter part of the verse really sums up the period: "Every man did that which was right in his own eyes". The NIV phrases it, "everyone did as he saw fit". The period of the Judges was one of the most barbaric times in history. Some are troubled at the events recorded and even wonder why they are mentioned in the Bible, but they merely document the sordid history of the period and the consequences of living without regard to God.
But is it that much different than our day? Stories of lawlessness and barbarism are far too common in our own time. Listen to the news any given day and the increase in lawlessness is evidenced all around us. Surely the phrase, "Every man did that which was right in his own eyes" describes our times as well.
Fellow believer, let us who follow the Lord heed the words of Scripture through Moses: "Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God" (Deuteronomy 12:28). Today, let's strive to do what's good and right in the eyes of the Lord rather than what is right in our own eyes!
2 Peter 3:17 gives a warning we all do well to heed, "You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability".
Let us live under the realization that "the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him" (2 Chronicles 16:9). (A verse from yesterday's message.) Let us commit our hearts fully to Him this day and receive His strength and blessing as we live in these very challenging, increasingly lawless times. Today, let's strive to do what's right, not in our own eyes, but in the eyes of the Lord!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we read throughout the period of the Judges that the people of Israel endured great heartache and spiritual defeat because each one became his own authority and acted on his own opinions of what was right and wrong. They did not look to You as the final authority; they disregarded Your holy laws and chose to do that which was right in their own eyes. We see this prevailing attitude in our own day, but as believers we acknowledge that our judgment is flawed and our motives are selfish when we do not submit our will to a holy God who knows what is best for His children. We want to obey Your laws and surrender our will as we seek to do what is good and right in Your eyes resulting in our hearts being strengthened and our lives being blessed as we walk in the ways of Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"There Is A King" Video Calvary Church worship team What a good reminder for all times!
It won't be long, we will behold Him
And every tear He'll wipe away
We'll be at home, the war will be over
Soon we will meet our Savior face to face
What does the Bible mean when it refers to a remnant? from gotquestions.org
The other day we took our van in for a repair to a small independent, family-owned garage in Columbia, PA. It reminded us both of the kind of garages our dads took our cars to when we were young. It had a real authentic feel, look and even garage-like smell in the small waiting room. Alphabetized license plates from each state formed a border around the entire room. We also liked the folksy wisdom on this sign!
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