Book of Judges Chapter Two
(Part Two)

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

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Read Judges 2:10-23

B. The Spiritual Background (continued). A generation grew up who did not know the Lord. They worshipped false gods. God sent punishment into their lives.

The Lord sent judges and was with the judges in ministering to the people. The rebellious nature of the people is highlighted, and God’s anger is noted.

Applications -

- Raising our children. Notice in vs. 10 that the next generation did not know the Lord, nor what the Lord had done for Israel. First, we should do all that we can to help our young people know the Lord.

We can help this application, by not only teaching but also by living, as if God is real in our lives. We should be sharing our stories of how God brought us, not just our education, contacts, or wisdom.

Second, every person has a mind of their own. After you have done your best, there is no more that you can do. Let’s make sure that we are giving our best to raising our children in the Lord.

 - Learning and living by God’s will.  Notice in vss. 11-15, 20-23 of the book of Judges that when we do something evil in the eyes of the Lord then that is evil. It doesn’t matter if we deem it be evil or not. Furthermore, ignorance of God’s will leads to sin and then punishment.

First, we should work on prayerfully studying God’s word, so we can know what He considers to be right and wrong, instead of simply what seems right to us.

Second, we should strive to live by God’s will, as we learn His will for our lives. Ignorance is no excuse, when knowledge is available. At the core of God’s will are the issues of making sure that you are saved and loving God and others, as you love yourself.

Third, sin leads to punishment. Our lives are challenging enough without God sending more punishment for our sins. Let’s learn and live by God’s will, so we can be blessed, instead of punished for our disobedience.

- God’s use of human leaders. Notice in vss. 16, 18 that God sends human leaders and accompanies them. It is so important to remember that God sends and works through human leaders.

In spite of the sins of the human, God works out His plan. For those who cooperate, there are great blessings. For those who get distracted by the human element and don’t cooperate with the move of God, not only are blessings forfeited, but punishment is often nearby. Let’s work on cooperating with God’s use of human leaders.

- Disobedient prostitutes. Notice in vs. 17 that the people were known for being disobedient to the God sent leaders and prostituting themselves with false gods. This is a terrible legacy.

Unfortunately, too many people today have similar reputations. Too many disobey those sent by God. And too many are more faithful to their own agendas or the agendas of this world than the agenda of God. Let’s fight through the temptations of being disobedient and prostitutes.

- Real transformation. Notice in vs. 19 that there is a difference between temporary behavior modification and spiritual transformation. As in the book of Judges, there are those who act right for a season.

The season may center around a charismatic leader or a crisis in the person’s life. But if the person’s spirit, life governing values and beliefs, are not changed then the old behavior soon returns.

Let’s work on being transformed into what God is calling us to be, not just conforming to temporary circumstances.

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

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