The Message of Judges: Crisis (Judges 2:6-19)Pastor Billy Newhouse, August 18, 2013
Part of the The Big Picture series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Think with me for a moment on some of the past experiences that God has used to grow you closer to Him. My guess is that most of the impactful, defining moments in our Christian life have come during time of crisis and defeat. The moments when hope looked slim and despair rang loud are often the times when our prayers are more fervent and our trust is on God alone. What we see on the pages of scripture and also in our lives is that God regularly brings victory when defeat is certain and his grace trumps our sin over and over again.
This Sunday as we continue our Big Picture Sermon Series we turn to the book of Judges. Judges is a book that starts with so much hope yet as the pages unfold we see the Israelites doing deplorable things. Parts of the book are discouraging as we see a dismal story, yet despite the ugliness of the sin, God relentlessly offers his grace to an undeserving people. As the nation spirals downward spiritually, God leads them to repentance and renewal over and over again as he continues to raise up judge after judge.
But another thing we see in Judges is that these temporary judges cannot ultimately save. This book points us to our need for a true, lasting Savior. We hope you can join us this Sunday as we gather together to celebrate the Redeemer who has come and broken the pattern of sin and death on our lives.
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6And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land. 7And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel. 8And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 9And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash. 10And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. 11And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: 12And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. 13And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. 14And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 15Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. 16Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. 17And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so. 18And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. 19And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way. (KJV)