Judges Chapter Eighteen
(Part One)





Introduction: A key idea in the book of Judges is that God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. Today, we will continue to discuss the apostasy or falling away of God’s people with emphasis on the Danite migration.

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Body:

Read Judges 18:1-11

2. Danite Migration (18:1-31).  In this chapter of Judges the Danites were trying to acquire some land, since they did not drive the enemy out of the land allotted to them. Spies were sent out to see what the next step should be. The spies happened to run into Micah’s Priest.

The Priest gave the spies a word of confirmation about their assignment. The spies ended up looking over an area named Laish – a prosperous and isolated area. The spies brought a strong recommendation to attack back to the leadership. 600 men from the Danites gather to fight for the land of Laish.

Applications –

- Locking in on the promises of God. Notice in vs. 1 that the people of Dan had not conquered their enemies and sought a new land. First, just because God has promised you something doesn’t mean that it is going to be easy. Sometimes we have to fight and work hard inspired by God’s promises, not by the positive circumstances before us.

Second, commentators suggest that the searching for a new land showed a lack of faith in God. In like manner, if God has not given you permission to leave, it means you should stay and do the best that you can. Difficult times is not always an indication to leave.

Let’s work on having the faith and wisdom to know when to simply lock in and do the hard work needed with confidence in God keeping His promises.

- The Pastor’s role. Notice in vs. 4 of this chapter of Judges that the Priest sees himself as simply a hired hand. First, there are some churches who treat their Pastor as if he/she is only a hired hand. Some churches simply refer to their Pastor as their “minister.”

Second, worse than a church who treats their Pastor as only a hired hand is when the Pastor sees himself/herself as only a hired hand. It is bad when they see what they do as only a job. The frustration that comes from trying to do great things with uncooperative people can tempted Pastors to get to this point. T

Third, ideally, the Pastor and church should see the Pastor as God’s gift to the church who has the sacred duties of feeding and leading the church in godly evangelism and edification. Let’s work on keeping the role of the Pastor in the proper perspective. When the shepherd and struck, the sheep are scattered (see Mt. 26:31).

- Authoritative truth. Notice in vs. 6 that the Priest’s words were assumed to be the word of the Lord. We should thank God that we don’t have to simply rely on the word of human beings. We have the Bible.

The Bible is authoritative truth – the best way to know God and His will for our lives. Let’s prayerfully study and strive to obey God’s word with the support of other disciples. In so doing, God will help us to see what we should and should not do on our journeys.

- Blessed and connected. Notice in vs. 7 that the city of Laish was richly blessed but unconnected to anyone else. This made them vulnerable to attack. In like manner, it is good to be richly blessed. This is true in regard to us as individuals, families, churches, communities, and even as a country.

However, it is also important for us to have some relationships. Think about the saying, “no person is an island.” We are at our weakest, when we are isolated. Let’s work on being blessed and connected to helpful people.

- Accountability. Notice in vss. 8-10 that the spies reported back to those who sent them out. In like manner, it is so important for us to have accountability in our families, communities, and churches.

Where there is a lack of accountability, there can be misconduct, because the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. There can be a destruction of trust, because without information, we tend to use our imaginations and imagine bad situations.

Let’s work on supporting accountability. This application calls for choosing accountable people to serve and being accountable, if chosen to serve.

- 600 fighting men. Notice in vs. 11 of this chapter that 600 men gathered to fight for what they believed was God’s will.

First, it is encouraging to see 600 men working together to carry out what they believed was God’s will. Think about how much further along our families, churches, and communities would be, if we had more men working together to carry out what they believed was God’s word.

Second, we known from our looking back on this occasion that they were actually not following God’s will. Thus, the lesson for us is to make sure that we are actually following God’s will.

This gets us back to prayerfully studying and obeying the Bible with the support of other disciples. Let’s work on encouraging especially men to work together to carry out God’s will.

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

- Blessed and connected. Notice in vs. 7 that the city of Laish was richly blessed but unconnected to anyone else. This made them vulnerable to attack. In like manner, it is good to be richly blessed. This is true in regard to us as individuals, families, churches, communities, and even as a country.

However, it is also important for us to have some relationships. Think about the saying, “no person is an island.” We are at our weakest, when we are isolated. Let’s work on being blessed and connected to helpful people.

- Accountability. Notice in vss. 8-10 that the spies reported back to those who sent them out. In like manner, it is so important for us to have accountability in our families, communities, and churches.

Where there is a lack of accountability, there can be misconduct, because the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. There can be a destruction of trust, because without information, we tend to use our imaginations and imagine bad situations.

Let’s work on supporting accountability. This application calls for choosing accountable people to serve and being accountable, if chosen to serve.

- 600 fighting men. Notice in vs. 11 of this chapter that 600 men gathered to fight for what they believed was God’s will.

First, it is encouraging to see 600 men working together to carry out what they believed was God’s will. Think about how much further along our families, churches, and communities would be, if we had more men working together to carry out what they believed was God’s word.

Second, we known from our looking back on this occasion that they were actually not following God’s will. Thus, the lesson for us is to make sure that we are actually following God’s will.

This gets us back to prayerfully studying and obeying the Bible with the support of other disciples. Let’s work on encouraging especially men to work together to carry out God’s will.

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


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