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December 4, 2020 6:00 am
August or when we see our children, for example, begin to have their innocence taken away by being exposed that are not right one. Righteousness to lewdness to immorality. We are concerned this parent sore. Even if we not apparently concerned on behalf of others because we recognize that again there are internal and there are extra kernel influences, and together they can completely wipe us out. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher.
Rick asked Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Judges, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, but for now let's join Pastor Rick in the book of Judges chapter 4. As he begins a new message called male dereliction. If you are familiar with Judges chapter 4, you know that Deborah is the one that everybody points to an end, not wrong in doing that because she stood in the gap, took care of business, but I don't think that's the message from the Holy Spirit and the times that were that these events took place in an and even in our day and I hope to bring some of this out.
Let's review the cast of characters.
There is, of course, Yahweh.
He is referred to a times by name as Yahweh here in this chapter Jacob and the king of the Canaanites. He's mentioned seven times he with his 7/900 chariots, then there is Cicero, the captain of Jabez Army he's mentioned 13 times in this chapter more than anybody else that is significant. Deborah, the Jewish judge, the prophetess so great woman of faith she's mentioned five times in borrower, the general. He's mentioned 10 times so Cicero the general for the Canaanites and borrowed the kit general for the Israelites. They are mentioned, the most that emphasis is intentional in its meaningful borrower will raise up 10,000 men very quickly and then that will go into 40,000 men at the end of the chapter we meet Heber who traded from his people and sided with the Canaanites. He's mentioned four times and his wife child. She is mentioned four times also. So the center again is on the two men, Cicero and borrower forever warning men to do their duty. This is a rebuke to men who are derelict in carrying out their assignment is given by the Lord, not necessarily to be leaders but to do their duty character is built by thought and action and when the character is built through thought and action. Duty is taking care of is not neglected. Certainly not as a routine and as I look around all these years I've I have come across quite a few men who need to learn what duty means, but I've also come across a lot of men who fully understand what it means they do get the job done. Verse one when Hewitt was dead. The children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, will you ask death dates. The chapter for us. He was the architect of Israel's 80 years of peace, the longest stretch they had sham Gar however is the last judge that is mentioned at the end of the previous chapter and verse 31 of chapter 3, we would expect to have read when sham Gar was dead, but that's not how it is given to us in this of course suggests to us that sham Gar delivered the people during the days of you would, and you would likely outlive him and when you're died.
The people drifted from that 80 years of peace that God had given them through their deliverer, the lesser deliberate year at and send goes on here in verse one, the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of Yahweh. This is soon after the death of yard and sham Gar delete back into idolatry. They leapt into it though this was that it was an eagerness about it. It comes off the pages and judges and kings alike tail spinning into idolatry's practice. These idolatrous practices became routine this tailspin was routine. You could you could count on them doing a bit quick as God's response here. He turns them over to their enemies.
One of the lessons out of this is of believers tolerate un-biblical ideas about God which idolatry is that even Christians if they tolerate such ideas run a high risk of going the way of apostate Israel to defectors into the enemy's camp that what it amounts to.
When the judge died.
The people their faith died with him and they defected from God to the fake gods verse two so Yahweh sold them into the hand of Jabez, king of Canaan. Raymond and Hazel are the commander of his army was Cicero who dwelt in Russia who gone who going once read that again.
Listen, just because nobody here is moving to be funny holiness to the Lord. It meant very little to this next-generation holiness to bowel.
That's what started to mean something to them, but holiness to the Lord always means holiness to the Lord to him to God.
It is very important. This little village this place on this area are not little necessarily Hazel are fortified city 8 miles to the north of the Sea of Galilee. Joshua had dealt with a king named Jaden, also in Canaan, which tells us that the name Jaden is likely a title like Farrell or Abimelech or king, and not necessarily his name that just a side note, looking back at what is already happening to them for eight years. They were in servitude to the Mesopotamian king and then for 18 years gone, the king of Moab had ruled over the Jewish people that lived in Canaan. Both of those enemies were foreign while they were outside of the four of the promised land.
Mesopotamia by the Euphrates River to Tigre's River and Moab to the east of Jordan, but Jay been this king of the Canaanites. He is coming out of the land promised land itself. So one of the lessons is as you read the stories and we apply them to our lives is that we have to war against outside influences worldly influences as well as internal influences both wood and slavers just as quick as the one as quick as the other and we are disturbed when we see our children, for example, begin to have their innocence taken away by being exposed to things that are not right to unrighteousness to lewdness to immorality. We are concerned this parent sore. Even if we not apparently or concern on behalf of others because we recognize that again there are internal and there are extra kernel influences, and together they can completely wipe us out, the commander of his army, it says here in verse two was Cicero that the story will read as I mentioned, Cicero is mentioned 13 times the story will read as if he is the real power in Canaan. Jaden, the king Cicero, the commander of the king's armies. In fact, when Deborah rights her balloting in or owed in chapter 5 she mentions Cicero but not Jaden, which is an indication that he was the threat from the Canaanite point of view.
Cicero was doing his duty knew what he was supposed do we was where he was supposed to be.
Of course, are from God's perspective dwelt in Carl Sheth had going him that Cicero's home near Galilee verse three and the children of Israel cried out to Yahweh for Jaden had 900 chariots of iron and for 20 years he had harshly oppressed the children of Israel, that idea of harsh oppression, not something that we should just dismiss these Israelites have brought this on themselves and Pete.
This was a Goliath situation as a people. Gaullist military commander who would oppose these oppressors goes. Jaden had decades to amass these chariots to forge them and put his army with them while the Jews were simply living in the land and and falling backwards into a bore in falling into apostasy and he mechanized his army, Israel. Here's the lesson Israel allowed the flesh to get strong now he has 900 chariots white. Why didn't they just continue to press against the enemy flesh.
That's why the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. 20 years he oppressed the children of Israel harshly did any of them blame God.
I wonder if anyone said how can Yahweh do this to us.
This is why worship Ashtoreth mobile well if they did that their own fool hearted approach a response to their circumstances, that the boat on themselves like shooting yourself in the foot and blaming the gun maker verse four now Deborah prophetess, wife of lipid lipid off was judging Israel at that time, Deborah Binet means be like the honeybee. Now it is Satan who causes and inflames male-female gender competition and the abuses and the things that cause a man to derelict bead to be derelict in his duty and a woman to not be the helpmate she should be there and I'm not trying to simplify beer all day trying to buy. List all the ways we sinners can come up with not doing what were supposed to do. We have to point this out because in our society we have, since the systematic emasculation of men and we have a lot of men helping them right along with it.
We have this idea that men and women have equal roles. According to God, they do not they are equal in value to God.
God values a man soul just as much as a woman so we are to have that same value what the roles are different in their different not only by assignment but biologically, though this Frankenstein scientists are trying to reverse that and that's pretty creepy and spooky. Nonetheless, it's going on, so none of what I am about to say is a slide on women and that I even have to say that is an indication of the damage that the world is already been allowed to have against how we think has people of God, but I intend to back it all up with Scripture, we are attacked by those who don't care for what God's plans are that's on them. That's not on us and we must not cave to that ever. She was a prophetess that means she was spirit filled. That means God spoke to her and threw her in a male-dominated society on the dot male domination doesn't. In this context.
In this context does not mean that the men were to be oppressors.
They often became that way are that way, but that is not God's intention.
This was God's grace on the people of Israel and a humiliation upon the men of Israel were not being who they were supposed to be is going to come out further by bark himself going to make this point for me. God has a plan, a but the people warrant ready for plan a God could not find the leader amongst the men actually had to go to the women and thank God he found Deborah will thank him.
That's Plan B just because there is a plan B doesn't mean we need to seek it, we would not encourage our children as they watch as long as you pass the class. It's all I want women to be certain circumstances dominant of the aptitude and the pursuit go to Plan B plan is of course to max out to get the highest result that you can Isaiah the prophet much later comes along and he is rebuking the people God through the prophet, and he points this out in a rebuke in Isaiah chapter 3 God speaking says. As for my my people, children are their oppressors. A something is very wrong with children are not supposed to be oppressors.
Only they can be passed no questionable and no one in their right mind would dispute that. But that is a far cry from being an oppressor, especially in this context he continues. Children are their oppressors and women rule over women rule over the men got to sing. This is not how I planned it this is not going to work for you or for them. This is going to be bad for both of you male and female for the families going to be bad. He says oh my people. Those who lead you, cause you to error and destroy the way of your paths. That's profound for us living in an age where again emasculation of masculinity. Sounds like a redundancy, but is not his gone wild God again to give his people woman judge was to treat them like children they had behaved spiritually like children and they needed a mother.
Men can be too hard on young boys and is good for boys to have a good mother, a buffer convoy. Why can't you do it. We're expecting them to be men long before it's time. It is exactly where they were when it came to spiritual things in need of a mother not ready for meat, not ready for spiritual manhood. It is said here, the wife of lapdog Deborah a wife and a mother she responds to the cry of the children of Israel.
She considered her role in life to be that of a mother and a wife. She considers her role as a judge in prophetess as an honor. But she retains I am a mother in Israel. Judges chapter 5 verse seven in Deborah's song she writes village life ceased it ceased in Israel until I Deborah arose arose a mother in Israel see the rebuke. Therefore, the men why where were you. Why is the wife having to go out and do it when you are supposed to be doing it fine if you won't do it. God will get someone else will. That's true for male and female alike is true in ministry. It holds us to ministry find you want to quit. Go ahead. I'll just raise somebody else of God will say for a woman. There is no higher calling.
There is no higher calling than being one of three things a mother or a wife or handmaiden of the Lord who you what Christian was I object.
There's got to be something more for me that's not enough.
You would unveil your folly and your ignorance and your lack of understanding.
Were you to object, there is again not a more honorable role or to fulfill. If I am any use as a man. To this day are in my life. It is largely because of what my mother instilled in me. I'm not going to take the time to itemize the things I have. I have a Bible little pocket Bible at home and it says in the beginning as soon as you open it.
My mother gave it to me in her writing turned to page so-and-so and you turn there is a scripture verse highlighted, and then variances turn to pay and it's just it keeps leading you to this the Lord Jesus Christ and the gospel and I consider it hate speech and an insult to the role of the wife of the mother of the handmaiden of the Lord to suggest that those positions are not dignified but there's more for her as a corporate ladder to top out at nevermind being a mother or a wife or handmaiden of the Lord and I pity the fool man who has a wife or mother treats the handmaidens of the Lord as though they were something less.
Yes we all struggle with sin. I'm not talking about that I'm talking about how we perceive what we how we think. As they started when the character is shaped.
It is shaped by thought and action, not one without the other. If you just think about it you don't do anything you Derek you your derelict in duty. If you if you act but you don't think your brute. They have told our women.
You can be like men in their telling. Amen. You should be like women. These are devils.
These are advocates of Satan's doctrine, God designed the role of a woman, and it is slandered by Satan and his advocates in the world is spiritually blind to this and we should expect that we don't hate them for which we full out stand against it and disagree. So again, the women, be they with or without husband relay with or without child.
They are equally eligible for the nobility that God has granted a grants status of mobility to men when they do their duty and he grants the same status of mobility to women when they do there's an Satan is always trying to push them off that person will be something else. Don't miss out on life. Cut Your Own Rd., Isaiah chapter 54 verse five. Your maker is your husband Yahweh of host is his name and your Redeemer is the holy one of Israel. He is called the God of the whole earth.
See, God said that to Isaiah to say it to the nation when the nation was failing in God was rebuilding them and encouraging them saying you are my bride because it is a worthy calling and it comes to calling is initiated by the Lord and continues here in verse four she was judging Israel at the time. Again, the reason she was judging Israel overseeing the laws settling disputes is because the men weren't. This was an exception is not the ideal Mrs. Israel. This is not the church with the church to the men, failing women will will step up and that's the rebuke to the man a strong rebuke is no rebuke to the women not rebuke to the women to say you're the helpmate I need you in the executive position, not the command position is no rebuke, and there is a review when the man is told, why aren't you in the command position. Why are you in this support position is somehow arrange that you not the helpmate is still around. There's no better helpmate under the circumstances and situations given to us in Scripture than what we find coming from the word of God, the Bible does not preach that women are to spiritually lead the men and neither do I Abigail.
Abigail managed male servants. Nothing wrong with management that context is not the same as being spiritual leader or official unofficial spiritual leader. Interestingly enough, when we come to the New Testament. Deborah is not the one remembered from the story bark is in Hebrews 1132 inch quote later, Deborah would have approved of what I'm saying if she were sitting in the congregation you say amen. I've lived it. I had to go to that where there were no men coming up or calling out world where the men why wasn't her husband doing maybe was alive.
There are no but it was not what it should've been, and Deborah would say I don't care what the world thinks I know Yahweh says she's willing to find her issuer prophecy to validate her office that she genuinely was a prophet of God. It will be fulfilled in this chapter world again does not like the idea of women being helpmate's and so we have this emasculation movement that we have to face me ask you, do you want your sons subject to that femininity is femininity is that is gone really hard to find wasn't used to being is over some sort of a curse. You may send message you speak with this has been placed with five minutes, but I know I'm right move. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Judges cross reference radio is the teaching ministry pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. If you'd like more information about this ministry, we invite you to visit our website cross reference radio.com you will find additional teachings from Pastor Rick available there, and we encourage you to subscribe to our podcast by doing so you will be notified of each new edition of cross reference radio. You can search for cross reference radio on your favorite podcast Work.
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