June 11th Judges chapters 1-2

As we mentioned yeterday, Israel has begun to disobey God after inhabiting the land. These chapter and the ones coming are not only history, but an illustration of the life of the backslidden believer. God wanted to remove the people from the promised land for Israel’s protection; protection from sin. The people groups in Canaan were exceedingly evil even sinking to sacrificing their own children to their idols. God knew that if they remained His chosen line for the Messiah would be tempted and drawn away from Him. So the picture that we have today as we look at this text is the picture of sin remaining in life. Israel went in with good intentions and they removed the bulk of the sinful people. But as time progresses and lands expanded they let some small bands remain. Now watch this analagy: These people were supposedly put under subjection and in the control of the children of Israel, so they thought any way. Later these people groups caused Gods anointed people to run after false Gods. The Canaanites represent sin. Even the small “manageable” sins in the believer’s life that are left instead of being put to death will destroy us. We may think that they are manageable, or even helpful (they charged the remaining Canaanites taxes) but they lead to death. James 1:14-15 states: “every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lusts and enticed. But lust when it is conceived bringeth forth sin; and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.” We cannot handle any sin in our lives as the bible says “can a man place fire in his bosom and not get burned?” David in II Samuel 11 shows this stair step to destruction as he simply began to admire a woman from his balcony. This seemingly minute infraction ended up causing adultry, treachery, an illegitimate son and the murder of Urriah the Hittite. God shows us in these chapters that every aspect of life must come under subjection and abandoned or destroyed.
Often the Old Testament is left to sit in dust when there is so much for us to learn from it.

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