Book of Judges Chapter Eleven
(Part Two)





Introduction: A key idea in the book of Judges is that God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. Today, we hope to continue our discussion of the Ammonite (am’-on-ight) oppression and Jephthah’s (jef’-tah) deliverance.

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Body:

Read Judges 11:12-27

I. Ammonite Oppression and Jephthah’s (jef’-tha) Deliverance (continued). The King of Ammon is challenging Jephtath and God’s people’s right to some land. Jephtath rehearses the facts of the matter through messengers.

Jephtath declares that the land in question was given to God’s people, by God, and they will continue to possess it. He implies a desire to avoid warfare.

Applications –

- Sendable people. Notice in vs. 12 that Jephtath sent messengers. First, as in Judges chapter 11, there is so much to do in the church that no one person or a few people can do all of the work. Thus, there is a need for “sendable people” – people who can be sent to do what needs to be done.

Second, being sendable requires the person being sent to be competent to do what they are being sent to do. They have to be trustworthy to do the assignment. They have to be humble enough to do what they are being sent to do, often with no mention of their name.

Let’s work on being sendable and appreciating the need for sendable people. Think about how this applies to growth group leaders, ministry for young people, outreach ministries, and the like.

- Avoiding war. Notice in vs. 12 there was some effort given to avoiding warfare. There are too many people who seem to enjoy fighting. It seems as if they are always fighting about something. As believers, we should strive to live peaceable with people.

However, on the other hand, there are times when we have to fight. If we have to fight, we ought to try to win. Let’s seek God’s wisdom and courage about when and when not to fight.

- History. Notice in vss. 14-27 that Jephtath rehearsed some history with the King. First, it is important for us to have some understanding of our history. History has a way of showing us how we got here and why some issues are more important than others.

Second, we should learn from history. We should try to avoid making the same mistakes that we and others have made in the past. We should also learn what worked in history and try to be inspired by such. Let’s work on knowing and learning from history.

- Trusting God with what we cannot change. Notice in vs.  20 that no matter how reasonable and respectful you are, people can still be mean and untrusting.

On one hand, we should do our part, by being reasonable and respectful. On the other hand, when things don’t work out, as planned, strive to have peace of mind with those things that you cannot change. Let’s work on doing our part and trusting God with the rest.

- God given victory. Notice in vss. 21-22 of Judges chapter 11 that God gave the victory to His people, after they fought together against their enemy. First, God is still able to give us the victory. There is no one or nothing stronger than God.

Second, as in the text, we have to learn to fight together against the enemy. There are too many who don’t fight. Some don’t want to fight together. And too many fight against their own team, instead of fighting against the enemy.

Let’s work on living like we trust that God is still able to give us the victory. This kind of living should be known for our fighting together against the enemy with trust in God.

- Possessing what God has for us. Notice in vs. 24 that Jephtath talks about possessing what God had given. First, as believers we should prayerfully study God’s word, so we can know what God has given us.

Second, we should possess what God has given us, even when the enemy is trying to block us. Think about how this applies to peace of mind, joy, hope, courage, and more. Let’s work on knowing and possessing what God has for us.

Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.

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