Book of Judges Chapter Two
(Part One)

Introduction: A key idea in the book of Judges is that God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. Today, we hope to start our discussion of the spiritual background of the Judge ruled period.

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B. The Spiritual Background. Regarding the spiritual background of the people in the book of Judges, they were supposed to be in a covenant relationship with God. Their part of the agreement was to obey God. God’s part was to provide bountiful blessings.

Even though God kept His part of the agreement, the people sinned, especially in the area of idolatry. God would let them suffer for a while, send a Judge to deliver them, but they soon went right back to sinning and being punished.

Applications –

- God’s goodness and expectations. Notice in vs. 1 that God remembers how good He had been to His people and the terms of their covenant. In like manner, God remembers how good He has been to us and His expectations of us.

We should remind ourselves of how good God has been to us and what God expects out of us. The historic blessings of God should inspire our current obedience.

Let’s work on remembering God’s goodness and living by His expectations of us. God expects us to be saved and growing in our loving Him and others, as we love ourselves.

- The cost of disobedience. Notice in vss. 2-3 that the cost of living beneath the expectations of God is very high. People died and land was not fully conquered or enjoyed. Notice the danger of hanging around bad influences.

First, we should not think that sin is no big deal. Sin leads to all kinds of pain in our lives. Second, we should be careful about the company that we keep. Hanging around sinners influences us to live like sinners as well.

Let’s work on our sin issues. This includes treating sin as a serious matter and watching our company.

- Remorse and right living. Notice in vss. 4-5 of this chapter of the book of Judges that crying is a good start, but God wants right living. First, there should be some times in our lives when we are so convicted by our sins that we cry about how we have failed God, ourselves, and others.

There are too many who never cry about themselves. They don’t think they are wrong, or they are not sorry about being wrong.

Second, after our emotional response, God wants us to live like our tears were for real. Crying on Sunday and living in sin on Monday looks like our tears were not for real. Fake tears lead to more pain. Let’s work on living by God’s will, in addition to our remorse about our sins.

- An inspiring life. Notice in vss. 6-7 that the death of Joshua is mentioned again. Joshua and some of the elders lived so that the people were inspired to live godly lives as long as the elders lived.

In like manner, we should strive to live so that people are inspired to live godly lives. We can do this by setting a godly example, developing relationships that allow for encouraging godly living, and the like. Let’s work on living lives that inspire others to live godly lives.

- Death preparations. Notice in vss. 8-9 that Joshua and others died. No matter how godly we are, death is on the way. Let’s make sure that we are ready for our date with death.

This application includes issues like having a will, a living will, health care power of attorney, and the like. But the most important preparation is to make sure that we are saved. Make sure that you have asked and are trusting God to save you because of Jesus’ death for your sins.

Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying, instead of disobeying God. God has so much for those who obey His will.

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